Artist: Hiroshige Ando (1797-1858)
Title: 3. Kawasaki: Tsurumi River and Namamugi Village
Series: The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō
Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizo
Dimensions: 25.5 x 37.1 cm
In 18th century Japan, the long road between the old capital of Kyoto and the new capital of Edo was marked by a series of post stations intended to give travellers and officials temporary respite on their arduous journey. The Tōkaidō road became an expressway for people in the Edo period (c.1603-1868) and economically benefited the nation. Hiroshige Ando I himself travelled the entirety of the road on an official engagement for the shogun and created sketches of the route. Not too far off from the new capital, the third station of Kawasaki had a prospering fish market and was situated by the Tsurumi River. In Hiroshige’s distinctive style, the scene is framed top and bottom by a deep bokashi gradation of black ink and Prussian blue, along with the large margin. The shawl of suyarigasumi [lit. spear mist] surrounding the base of Mt. Fuji lends the scene an air of classicism.