Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido: Station 34, Futagawa, c. 1833-1834
Ink on Paper
8 15/16 in. x 13 15/16 in. (227.01 mm x 354.01 mm)
On mat in pencil: Jo XVIII ser 34, no. 430. Censor's seal: Kiwame.
Nishiki-e, horizontal oban; colored ink on paper.
Color woodblock print with an image of peasants in a field called the Sarugababa plain.
Futakawa is now included in the modern city of Toyohashi, in Aichi prefecture. Hiroshige here depicts the spacious Sarugababa Plain, which occupies almost all the picture space. Many small bushes with a few trees are scattered over the gently sloping plain. On the road that cuts through it, two men and women approach a teahouse with a shop sign that reads “Kashiwa Mochi” (Famous delicacy: sweet dumpling wrapped in oak leaf). Another traveler is already in the shop.
The highway stations of this time tried to develop local products to sell or to serve to travelers; special foods made of local specialties such as tea, noodles, yam soup, or other distinctive items of the region, such as textiles and paintings. Travelers delighted in tasting local foods and purchasing souvenirs during their arduous journeys on foot. Hiroshige did not overlook this aspect of travelers' interests.
The blue bokashi running upward from the road is repeated in the valley beyond the plain.
(ref. “Hokusai and Hiroshige,” p.197 )
Hoeido (Takenouchi Magohachi) seal.
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