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Famous Places of the Toukaidou mountains of Hakone


Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige Production date: 1851 (Kaei 4) The High Peaks of Hakone, from the series Famous Places of the Toukaidou In this picture, mountains of Hakone, the Myouban-yama (Mt. Myouban) on the right, the Koma-ga-take (Mt. Koma) in the middle and the Kan’muri-ga-take (Mt. Kan’muri) on the left and a canyon are illustrated. Mt. Myouban was considered to be located near today’s Kami-yama (Mt. Kami), and known for a large yield of alum (Alum is myouban in Japanese). In fact, alum produced from this mountain was a souvenir of Hakone. This is an e-baisho (anthology of the seventeen syllables Japanese haiku poems with related pictures) that a variety of poems written by the notable contemporary poets from the haikai poetry circles are allotted with the pictures of famous places of the Toukaidou, as a hokku-shu (anthology hokku or haiku poems ) appears in pictures. This series was the changed title version of “Toukaidou Meisho Hokku-shu (The Hokku-shu of Famous Places of the Toukaidou)”, published by Eiraku-ya Jousuke in 1851, and originally the format of this picture was hanpon or book style. However when this version was made, the landscapes of Edo to Izu were re-edited as a gajou (folded picture book) format, thus the readers can appreciate each landscape as the independent picture. When Hiroshige produced this work, he was also commissioned to paint nikuhitsu-ga (paintings) from Tendou clan. Therefore the expressions such as the composition with natural dimension and bluish pale touch of the color in this series are influenced from the painting expressions.


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