Ishibe, from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō
Ishibe 石部, from the series Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi 東海道五十三次
In this depiction of the fifty-second station of the Tōkaidō, Hiroshige focuses on a close-up view of an inn. The image shows guests in various situations: some are being served a meal, others, in the background, are enjoying a bath, and yet others, at the upper floor balcony, are looking down onto the street.
Place of Origin:
Edo (Tokyo), Japan
1 print ; image 8 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (21.5 x 34.2 cm), sheet 9 5/8 x 14 3/8 in. (24.4 x 36.5 cm)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Occasioned by Hiroshige's first journey along the Tōkaidō in the summer of 1832, this series is one of more than thirty series in which Hiroshige tackled the popular topic of the fifty-three stations of the well-known and well-traveled road that connected Edo and Kyoto.