Mishima: Morning Mist
Utagawa Hiroshige ( Japanese, 1797 - 1858 )
Here a group of travelers passes the gate to Mishima Taisha, a Shinto shrine especially revered by warriors. An early morning mist, skillfully rendered with the woodblock, shrouds the scene.
This print illustrates two common conveyances on the Tōkaidō: the packhorse and the kago, or palanquin. Packhorses were primarily used to transport goods around the country, but sometimes carried passengers as well. The standard vehicle for a person though, was a kago, a lightweight bamboo or wood palanquin, covered on top but open on the sides, and suspended from a long pole carried on the shoulders of two men.
Anna McFarland, Ichiryusai Hiroshige: The Fifty-Three Stages of the Tokaido, Label text, 1986.
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