Artist: Toyohara Kunichika (豊原国周)

Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige III

Print: Hakone (箱根): Nakamura Shikan IV (四代目中村芝翫) as Kō no Moronao (高師直) from the series The Tōkaidō Road: One Look Worth a Thousand Ryō (Tōkaidō hitome senryō - 東海道一ト眼千両)

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Dates: 1867,created
Dimensions: 9.5 in,13.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signatures: Kunichika hitsu (国周筆)
Hiroshige hitsu (廣重筆)
Publisher: Iseya Kanekichi
(Marks 145 - seal 21-059)
Combined date and censor seal: 3/1867 and aratame

Related links: Waseda University ; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Google maps - Tonosawa hot springs, Hakone; British Museum - 1830s Hiroshige I print of same scene from a different view; Cultural Heritage online;

Physical description:

Hiroshige III designed the landscape with the ryokan. Note the pun of 'one look is worth a 1,000 ryō'. Kunichika designed the actor bust portrait.

There are 7 prints from this series in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Of course, there are quite a few others scattered through numerous collections. In each case the head of a famous actor being portrayed appears just above the horizon line of the landscapes in the background shown in the upper half of the print. To this viewer's eye, this is not only one of the most striking prints in this series, but is also one of the most striking prints in all of the Lyon Collection. It doesn't hurt that the colors are so astoundingly fresh. (JSV)


The original Tōkaidō was established by the Kamakura bakufu (1192-1333) to run from Kamakura to the imperial capital of Kyoto.