Night Snow at Kanbara, from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō
Kanbara 蒲原, from the series Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi no uchi 東海道五十三次之内
The sixteenth station along the Tōkaidō, Kanbara inspired Hiroshige to depict the area covered in snow, although a snowy landscape is not characteristic of the region. Only three figures are shown in the foreground, two in straw raincoats and one with an umbrella, slowly making their way home at night.
Place of Origin:
Edo (Tokyo), Japan
1 print ; image 9 x 14 in. (22.8 x 35.5 cm), sheet 9 7/8 x 14 3/8 in. (25 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).