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歌川広重・渓斉英泉筆、「木曽街道六拾九次」

Kisokaido

Hiroshige Eisen
The Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisokaido

September 2008
Hardback, 10 x 14 1⁄2 in.
160 pages, 71 full-color images
ISBN 13: 978-0-8076-1593-5

Reproduced from the finest surviving edition of a rare manuscript, The Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisokaido brings Hiroshige and Eisen’s portrait of daily life in 19th century Japan to Western audiences for the first time. Each of the seventy-one images teems with unique characters, from beggars and brawling men to boaters and finely clothed women. Behind these travelers loom castles, cities, powerful waterfalls and many other sites familiar to lovers of Japanese history. Comments by Sebastian Izzard, Ph.D., accompany each image, not only providing insight into their subject matter, but also discussing their survival during the dramatic social shifts and economic hardship of Hiroshige and Eisen’s time. This book tells the story of a landmark, two immortal artists, and an enduring masterpiece.

This new book on the Kisokaido is a welcome addition to our knowledge and appreciation not only of Japanese art, of which these prints are splendid examples, but of Japanese culture itself, since we see so many manifestations of traditional Japan so beautifully rendered and reproduced here.

- Stephen Addiss
University of Richmond
Author of
Japanese Ghosts and Demons
and Mountains of the Heart

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