Morning Mist at Mishima, from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō
Mishima, asa giri 三島 朝霧, from the series Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi no uchi 東海道五十三次之内
The twelfth station along the Tōkaidō, Mishima was known for its Shintō shrine gate, framed by trees, and a constant afflux of travelers. Hiroshige used blue and subtle gradations of grey to suggest the morning mist.
Place of Origin:
Edo (Tokyo), Japan
1 print ; image 8 7/8 x 14 in. (22.5 x 35.5 cm), sheet 9 1/4 x 14 3/8 in. (24.1 x 36.5 cm)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
This series, the first among Hiroshige's Tōkaidō series, was occasioned by the artist's journey along the Tōkaidō in the summer of 1832. Accompanying the mission of the shogun, the artist experienced life outside the capital and became familiarized with the popular places along this well-traveled road that connected Edo (the capital and today's Tokyo) and Kyoto (the old imperial capital).