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Station 39: Okazaki

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1855, Wood cut
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Station 39: Okazaki
Station 39: Okazaki
Station 39: Okazaki
Station 39: Okazaki
Library Item
16286
Fifty-three stations by two brushes (Sohitsu gojusantsugi). Station 39: Okazaki
A young woman wearing a white headscarf to conceal her identity is depicted clutching the hand of an elegantly dressed young man. This is probably a scene of elopement from an unidentified kabuki play. Under the woman's head covering she wears decorative blue floral pins in her hair. The woman is dressed in a blue long sleeved (furisode) kimono with a pattern of pink cherry blossoms. This garment is fastened at the waist with a black obi belt that ties at the back. The man at her side wears a purple and white kimono patterned with his family's crest (kamon). The crest is associated with the Minamoto clan and is called Sasarindo; the design is comprised of bamboo leaves and gentian flowers. Both characters wear red underkimono and look around furtively as if trying to evade capture. The man clutches at the samurai sword tucked into his yellow obi belt sash.
In the background inset, Hiroshige depicts Yahagi Bridge spanning the Yahagi River, a distant view of Okazaki castle on the right and Mount Motoyama beyond. Hiroshige's 'Okazaki' edition for the Hoeido Tokaido series depicts a daimyo procession crossing Yahagi Bridge. Similarly, Okazaki castle and Mount Motoyama are visible in the distance in the Hoeido print. The subject matter of Kunisada and Hiroshige's edition of 'Okazaki' in the 'Fifty-three stations by two brushes' series is comparable to that of 'Tokaido Pairs' series' print. 'Tokaido Pairs' or 'Fifty-three parallels of the Tokaido' (Tokaido gojusantsugi), was a collaborative work produced by Hiroshige, Kunisada and Kuniyoshi that was published in the mid 1840s by Ibasen, Ibakiu and others.
Kunisada I (Toyokuni III)
Hori Take (Yokogawa Takejiro)
1855
36 x 24.8 cm
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