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Station 25: Kanaya

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1854, Wood cut
Station 25: Kanaya
Station 25: Kanaya
Station 25: Kanaya
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Item no
Fifty-three stations by two brushes (Sohitsu gojusantsugi). Station 25: Kanaya
This print depicts the kabuki character Miyuki Asagao colourfully dressed in a kimono sewn from many different strips of patterned fabric. The fabric of one section of the kimono has a design made from kabuki actors' crests. She holds a white folding fan which has been inscribed with a poem by her lover Miyagi Asojiro. She wears a red Morning Glory (asagao) flower in her hair and an image of the same flower appears on her fan. In the kabuki play Miyuki Asagao is separated from Asojiro and she becomes blind as a result of weeping for him. She abandons her home to search for him and survives by performing as a blind musician. In this print, Asagao is depicted kneeling on the ground next to her musical instrument and bamboo walking stick.
The play's happy conclusion (Asagao is cured of her blindness and reunited with her lover, Asajiro) takes place on the banks of the Oi River.
In the background inset, Hiroshige presents a view of the Enshu Bank of the River Oi with a snow-covered Mount Fuji in the distance. Hiroshige's Hoeido edition focuses on the activity of the travellers crossing the Oi River.
This print is comparable to 'Kanaya' in Kunisada's series of diptychs '53 Stations of the Tokaido' that was published in 1852 by Iseya, Tsujiokaya, Izutsuya and others. Based on this comparison, the female character is Miyuki Asagao performed by the onnagata actor Bando Shuka I in the kabuki play 'Sho utsuhi Asagao nikki'.
Artist / maker
Kunisada I (Toyokuni III)
Hori Take (Yokogawa Takejiro)
36 x 24.8 cm
Art and Design Library
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