1830’s ukiyo-e (woodblock prints)
- background of ukiyo-e
- ukiyo-e by Utagawa (Andō) Hiroshige
- ukiyo-e and the Tōkaidō Road (all versions by Utagawa (Andō) Hiroshige)
- The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road (1833-34 version)
- Interactive map with comparison of all versions of each station of the Tōkaidō Road prints by Ando Hiroshige
- Database of all ukiyo-e prints
The Tōkaidō in the Popular Imagination
As traffic increased on the Tōkaidō, popular books and entertainments concerning the highway proliferated. These can be classified under four broad categories:
- travel books with simple black and white sketches;
- panoramic folding maps for travelers;
- pictorial representations with texts of humorous stories, notably the misadventures of the comic duo Yajirobe and Kitahachi in Tōkaidōchū Hizakurige (Shank’s Mare on the Tōkaidō, 1802-1822);
- large single sheet representations of the Tōkaidō that functioned like a board games for children.
The ultimate form of these popular guidebooks and entertainments was Utagawa (Andō) Hiroshige’s The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō (1833–1834 in the Hōeidō edition), a series of woodblock prints. These ukiyo-e prints became enormously popular and have been reprinted countless times down to the present.
Datebase of all ukiyo-e prints: Guide to ukiyo-e with searchable database of prints: http://ukiyo-e.org/