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東海道張交図会 四日市 石薬師 庄野 亀山(山藤版)
Name Yokkaichi, Ishiyakushi, Shono, and Kameyama, from the series “Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Highway”
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Artist
Times Edo Period
Use O-ban polychrome print
Place
Comment
Utagawa Hiroshige
1856

‘Yokkaichi’ illustrates several sailing vessels anchoring at the harbour.
The Sakura cherry tree of ‘Ishiyakushi’ is based on the legend of the Kaba-zakura cherry tree. It is said that Minamoto no Noriyori who was on his way to fight against the Taira clan, stuck a cherry tree branch which he was using as a whip for horse riding into the ground and it began to grow into a tree.
At ‘Shono’, known as the birth place of Surusumi, a fine horse of the Kamakura period, is depicted from the back. Surusumi is known as a good horse given to Kajiwara no Kagesue by Minamoto no Yoritomo.
‘Kameyama’ illustrates Kameyama Castle. The white walls of the tower and the moat resembled butterflies’ scales, so it was nicknamed ‘Funcho-jou’: Castle of Butterflies’ Whitewash.

Hiroshige produced many series of prints based on the Toukaidou Highway, and he also produced the different styles of work as this one. It is generally called “The Toukaidou with Harimaze-e (Paste the mixed pictures.)”, and three to five pictures of landscapes of post stations, local specialties and episodes or stories related to the places are illustrated in a single sheet.