Fuchu: Abe River
Utagawa Hiroshige ( Japanese, 1797 - 1858 )
Fuchū, now the city Shizuoka, was the retirement home of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. In the view here, three women cross a river. They are probably the daughter of a samurai and her two attendants. Large rivers such as the Abe were sometimes impassable for as long as a month at flood time, requiring travelers to detour on an alternate road over the inland mountains.
Anna McFarland, Ichiryusai Hiroshige: The Fifty-Three Stages of the Tokaido, Label text, 1986.