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Ando Hiroshige (aka Hiroshige), Japanese, (1797–1858)
Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido: Station 9, Oiso, c. 1833-1834
Ink on Paper
9 in. x 13 15/16 in. (22.86 cm. x 35.4 cm.)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. James W. Johnson
Accession Number: 46.1.90

Commentary
Same image as 46.1.89.

Marks
On verso in pencil, lower right: 46.1.90. Signed: Hiroshige ga. Censor's seal: Kiwame.

Medium
Nishiki-e, horizontal oban; colored ink on paper.

Object Description
Color woodblock print with an image of a village in a rain shower.

Located a little more than a mile and a half from Hiratsuka, Oiso was a coastal village and now is considered an ideal location for summer residences. It was also famous for a rather sad legend of a beautiful courtesan. Toragozen, told in the Soga monogatari (Tale of Soga Brothers). It relates events that occurred on the twenty-eighth of the fourth lunar month, in 1193. When Toragozen had to leave her lover, Juro, one of the Soga brothers, she shed bitter tears, which were changed into rain when the brothers successfully avenged the death of their father, Kawazu Sukeyasu (d. 1177).Hiroshige depicted Oiso in the rain that is symbolic of this beauty's sorrow.
Hiroshige depicts the coastal town's houses and pines lining the Tokaido Road. In this shower, people are wrapped in coats, and a packhorse's burden is covered with a cloth. The straight, strong lines indicate the power of the rain. The dark colors of most of the picture contrast with the pale light on the sea, expressing the feeling of passing shower.
(ref. “Hokusai and Hiroshige,” p.171 )

Publisher
Hoeido (Takenouchi Magohachi) seal.

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