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The 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road Exhibition

All day event

By Utagwa Hiroshige.

The Tokaido Road (meaning Eastern Sea Route) linked Imperial Kyoto in the east of Japan with Edo (Tokyo) in the west. Following the Pacific coastline, it provided a functional yet inspiring experience for those who travelled along it.

Utagawa Hiroshige first travelled the Tokaido Road in 1832, when he was part of an official procession transporting horses to the imperial court. During the journey, he sketched local people and travellers in a variety of landscapes and seasons, upon his return to Edo he created the collection of prints known as The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road. The post stations featured in the series were created by the Japanese government in the 17th Century as resting places for travellers along the 500km route, which,

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