Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido: Station 39, Okazaki, c. 1833-1834
Ink on Paper
8 15/16 in. x 13 3/4 in. (22.7 cm. x 34.93 cm.)
On mat in pencil: Jo collection XIX n. 243, Hiroshige, Okazaki Station 39, Yahagi Bridge. On verso in pencil, lower right: 8 233. Signed: Hiroshige ga.
Nishiki-e, horizontal oban; colored ink on paper.
Color woodblock print of a large, low-lying bridge which spans a river.
The wooden Yahagi Bridge across the Yahagi River, measuring just over 1248 feet, is the longest bridge on the Tokaido Road. In order to emphasize its length, Hiroshige depicted the arc of the bridge completely spanning the width of the frame.
The town of Okazaki was the seventh largest station on the Tokaido Road, in terms of its population and the number of houses. It was also the important castle town of Okazaki Castle, where Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of Tokugawa Bakufu, was born. The castle, rising in impressive scale is visible on the far bank of the rive. A daimyo procession is crossing the bridge, moving in an orderly manner toward the castle.
The bold hills in blue and black ink were not real features of the terrain, but are Hiroshige's imaginative additions. The sky and the horizon are diffused with pink.
(ref. “Hokusai and Hiroshige,” p. 202)
Hoeido (Takenouchi Magohachi) seal.
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