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53 Stations of the Tokaido: #21 Mariko

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Sekino Jun'ichiro, Japanese, (1914–1988)
53 Stations of the Tokaido: #21 Mariko, 1968
Woodblock print on paper
16 7/8 x 21 7/8 in. (42.93 x 55.63 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Woodblock print
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2021.1.12

From the series, "Tokaido Fifty-three Stations". No. 21."Mariko". An old restaurant, Teijiya, selling the
local famous product, "Tororo-jiru", a soup made from grated yams. The billboard in front of the
restaurant shows it to be the same place as that depicted in Hiroshige's famous "The Tokaido 53
Station" published by Hoeido.
Sekino started a large project "The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido" in 1959 which was finally
completed in 197 4. The bold compositions and dazzling woodblock printing techniques in the series
were highly praised. Using woodblock print, also a traditional Japanese art, Sekino reintroduced the
old subject "the 53 stations of Tokaido" to the public with the fresh, modern interpretation. Seki no
received "the Ministry of Education Award" in 1975 for his achievement.

"Jun. Sekino" in pencil on the lower left. Artist's seal.

Woodblock print

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