Okazaki: Yahagi Bridge


Utagawa Hiroshige ( Japanese, 1797 - 1858 )

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General Description

This bridge over the Yahagi River was the longest on the Tōkaidō, measuring 1,248 feet. Extended across its length here is a daimy__ō (feudal lord) procession. The size of the feudal lords' land holdings determined the number of attendants in his entourage, but generally, it ranged from one hundred to several thousand. Their ranks were carefully delineated and their order in a procession arranged according to function.

Adapted from

Anna McFarland, Ichiryusai Hiroshige: The Fifty-Three Stages of the Tokaido, Label text, 1986.