Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido: Station 5, Hodogaya, c. 1833-1852
Ink on Paper
9 in. x 13 7/8 in. (22.86 cm x 35.24 cm)
Signed Hiroshige ga, with a square seal. Publisher's seal (Hoeido), and Kiwame censer's seal.
Colored ink on paper; woodblock print; oban yoko-e.
Ninteenth century Japanese color woodblock print depicting travellers crossing the Shinmachi Bridge, with huts and hills on the other side.
Located just over three miles from Kanagawa, Hodogaya is also included in what is now the city of Yokohama. Situated somewhat inland, this area, with it's rice fields, once had a rural feeling. The arched Shinmachi Bridge (New Town Bridge) Links the two town areas.
A kumuso (a lay Buddhist priest), his face hidden by a deep straw hat, and a palanquin carried by two bearers and attended by a Samurai official, cross the bridge toward the busier district. A large group of travelers approach the bridge from the opposite side. The street is lined with shops, restaurants, and houses. The first restaurant serves soba (buckwheat pasta), and its sign says "Ni-Hachi," indicating the ingredients of the soba: 20 percent whet flour and 80 percent buckwheat. It was also interpreted as the price for a bowl of of soba: 'two times eight,'----that is sixteen mon. This is inexpensive----the same price for which the prints of Hokusai and Hiroshige were sold.
(ref. “Hokusai and Hiroshige,” p.166)
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