Utagawa Hiroshige: Akasaka (Staion #37) - Honolulu Museum of Art

Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige

Title: Akasaka (Staion #37)

Date: c. 1833 - 1834

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Source: Honolulu Museum of Art
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This image shows the interior view of an inn at Akasaka, the thirty-seventh station on the Tökaidö (modern Toyokawa in Aichi Prefecture). Two distinctive palm trees divide the composition into separate parts in different rooms of the inn. On the right, two women inspect their makeup in mirrors as they prepare to entertain customers, with stacks of futon mattresses in fabrics of different colors and patterns visible in the next room behind painted sliding doors. On the left, a male customer is interrupted (as he smokes a pipe) by a servant bearing two trays who kneels at the door, accompanied by a blind masseuse. In the hallway, a man returns to his room after a bath. ("The Tôkaidô Road: Connecting Japan" exhibition Nov/26/2009-Jan/24/2010)

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