Hakone, from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō
Hakone 箱根, from the series Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi 東海道五十三次
The eleventh station of the Tōkaidō, Hakone was difficult to pass through, because of its dangerously steep slopes. In this print, Hiroshige depicts several travelers climbing the mountain with torches at night.
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 5/8 in. (24.4 x 37.1 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.