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Station 4: Kanagawa

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1854, Wood cut
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Station 4: Kanagawa
Station 4: Kanagawa
Station 4: Kanagawa
Station 4: Kanagawa
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Fifty-three stations by two brushes (Sohitsu gojusantsugi). Station 4: Kanagawa (Sohitsu gojusantsugi)
This print features a samurai eating a snack of skewered Japanese dumplings (dango). He is dressed in a black garment fastened with a yellow obi belt. His straw hat hangs from a cord tied around his neck and he wears straw sandals on his feet. Two swords are visible at his waist and he rests a long spear upon his shoulder.
A tea waitress, crouched beside a palanquin, watches the samurai as he marches off. She is wearing a lilac kimono, with a white blossom motif, and an obi belt that has been fastened behind her. The belt is double sided with a purple and lilac geometric pattern on one side and a red, white and pink design on the other. A blue and white cloth is draped over her left shoulder and around her waist is tied a blue and purple striped apron. Tea waitresses dressed fashionably to attract customers and during the Edo period the post station at Kanagawa was busy with female touts trying to encourage passing travellers to visit their teahouses. Hiroshige's original Hoeido series print depicts the cliff top road, lined with teahouses overlooking Edo bay.
In this later print by Hiroshige and Kunisada, a view of the ships in Edo bay appears in the inset.
Kunisada I (Toyokuni III)
Hori Take (Yokogawa Takejiro)
36 x 24.8 cm
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