Shimada: Suruga Bank of the Oi River


Utagawa Hiroshige ( Japanese, 1797 - 1858 )

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General Description

River crossings were a major source of business for such towns as Shimada, where heavy rains could delay travelers for several days while the river subsided; many inns and large communities of porters were necessary to handle the traffic. The crowd in this scene, the entourage of just one daimyō_ (feudal lord), gives some indication of the scale of this business. A more important _daimyō might have traveled with several thousand attendants.

Adapted from

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