Ishibe: The Village of Mekawa
Utagawa Hiroshige ( Japanese, 1797 - 1858 )
The rest stop here sells the district's special dishes: bean curd coated with bean paste and rice boiled with leafy vegetables. This is one of several prints in the series which are believed to be based on illustrations from an earlier book called Famous Places on the Tōkaidō, Illustrated, by Kyōto artist Hara Arimasa. The others are Okitsu: The Okitsu River (1984.202.18), Ejiri: Distant view of Miho (1984.202.19), Minakuchi: Famous Dried Gourd Shavings (1984.202.51), and Kusatsu: Famous Resting Place (1984.202.53).
Anna McFarland, Ichiryusai Hiroshige: The Fifty-Three Stages of the Tokaido, Label text, 1986.