C1865

05 Totsuka the Fifth Station on the Tokaido.

Magnificent woodblock by Utagawa Sadahide (1807-1873) of the post-town of Totsuka, the fifth station on the Tokaido*. Totsuka was the easternmost post station in Sagami Province and is now located in Totsuka, in present-day city of Yokohama. The print depicts … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

05 Totsuka the Fifth Station on the Tokaido.

Date:

C1865

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Woodblock.

Paper Size: 

241mm 
x 358mm
AUTHENTICITY
05 Totsuka the Fifth Station on the Tokaido. - Antique Print from 1865

Genuine antique
dated:

1865

Description:

Magnificent woodblock by Utagawa Sadahide (1807-1873) of the post-town of Totsuka, the fifth station on the Tokaido*. Totsuka was the easternmost post station in Sagami Province and is now located in Totsuka, in present-day city of Yokohama. The print depicts the shogun’s procession entering Totsuka with numerous  flying Uma-jirushi * and banners with his mon* prominently displayed.

The views in this series depict the journey of Tokugawa Iemochi (1846-1866) the 14th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate from Edo to Kyoto on April 22, 1863 who had been summoned by the emperor. This was the first time in 230 years that a shogun had visited Kyoto. He travelled with over 3,000 retainers as an escort and with all the pomp and ceremony that was expected of a shogun. He is seen entering the town on his horse surrounded by retinue displaying the shogun’s Uma-jirushi.

A number of artists and publishers collaborated on this series.

*Tokaido literally means, the Eastern Sea Road and was the main feudal road in Japan that ran mainly along the coast for five hundred kilometers between the capital, Edo (Tokyo), where the Shogun* lived and Kyoto, where the Emperor resided. Over time, the fifty three stations became post-towns which supplied horses, porter stations, lodgings and food for travellers.

*Uma-jirushi were massive flags used in feudal Japan to identify a daimyo or shogun.

*Mon or kamon, are Japanese emblems used to identify an individual or clan and often seen on flags, clothing or uma-jirushi.

Published date/seal: 1865 (Genji 2/ Keio 1 V)

From the series, Suehiro gojusan tsugi (Fifty-Three Stations with a Folding Fan or Fan Tokaido). 

 

Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido ( - )

The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido, was a  series of woodblock views first made famous by Utagawa Hiroshige in 1834. The Tokaido connected Edo where the shogun resided, with the then capital of Kyoto where the Emperor lived. It ran along the eastern coast of Honshu and along the road, there were 53 different post stations, which provided stables, food, and lodgings for travellers. The road ran through some of the most picturesque scenery in Japan. The series inspired generations of artists not only in Japan but in Europe.

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Utagawa Sadahide (1807 - 1873)

Utagawa Sadahide (1807-1873) Also known as Gountei Sadahide, was born Hashimoto Kenjiro, in Fusa Province in Shimosa. He joined Utagawa school master Kunisada's studio in the 1820s and became one of the master's most prominent students. As a member of the school, he took on Utagawa's surname, and also used the surname Gountei as an art name, and also used his birth surname as an art name late in his career. In the 1850s Sadahide produced the series New Overseas Stories, depicting the First Opium War in China. In the 1859 to 1862 he produced a large number of Yokohama-e prints of foreigners and the goods they brought to Japan after the country ended its self-imposed isolation in 1854. Among these prints was the series, Foreigners Viewing Famous Places in Edo.

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