Utagawa Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Toukaidou Highway

Introduction of the Exhibition

In this exhibition, 22 works from Utagawa Hiroshige’s “Fifty-three Stations of the Toukaidou Highway (Tsutaya Version)” will be exhibited. Since the huge hit of the Hoeidou version of “Fifty-three Stations of the Toukaidou Highway”, Hiroshige produced more than twenty different versions of Toukaidou series. Especially this Tsutaya version has a different taste from other versions. Enjoy the rare scenes such as the sceneries along the Toukaidou Highway that captured not the post stations, or the travelers heading toward Edo from Kyoto, which is the opposite direction of the regular series. For Fujisawa post station, oiwake (a fork) that separates the Toukaidou Highway from the Oyama Road (the road to Mt. Oyama) of Yotsuya Tateba (rest stop between post stations) is illustrated. Enjoy Fujisawa’s past sceneries, with the illustrations of the sceneries outside of the post station.

At the Fujisawa Post Station section, the works of the pilgrimage to Mt. Oyama, a popular custom continued since Edo period, are exhibited. Enjoy the enliven atmosphere filled with many pilgrims heading to Mt. Oyama.

At the Enoshima Island section, we will follow the chronological change in the depictions of landscapes and cultures of Enoshima Island, with both the traditional ukiyo-e works, and the modern copperplate engraving and lithograph works.

Special Exhibition Section: “Fujisawa post station as the Settings of Kabuki Plays” In this exhibition, the ukiyo-e works that illustrated kabuki plays related to Fujisawa, such as “Shiranami Gonin Otoko (Shiranami Five Thieves)” and “The Legend of Oguri-Hangan and Princess Terute”, will be exhibited. Re-discover that the inspirations of the popular kabuki plays actually existed in the history of Fujisawa.

Enoshima Island

Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
The Gate of Iwaya (sea cave) of Enoshima Island in Sagami Province, from the series “Famous Places of Sixty-odd Provinces”

Project Exhibition

Artist: Utagawa Kuniaki
Title unknown (“Shiranami Gonin Otoko (Five Notorious Thieves)”, from the kabuki play “Aoto-Zoushi Hana no Nishiki-e”)