14-1/8 x 9-7/16 in.
Signed by artist Date seal Publisher's mark Engraver's mark Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga, within a gourd-shaped seal
Gift of the Asian Art Society of the Indianapolis Museum of Art in memory of Joe Caparo
(Thomas French Fine Art); purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2007
Contemporary Artists / Same Subject
Maisaka prospered as the 30th post town (where travelers could find a place to rest or lodge) on the Tokaido Highway. These boats are ferrying feudal lords and their retinues between the capital of Edo and their domains. In 1863, the last Tokugawa shogun, or military dictator, left Edo and traveled the great Tokaido highway to visit the emperor in Kyoto. Within five years the shogunate had fallen, the emperor had moved to Edo—which then became Tokyo—and a new age had dawned, that of the Meiji emperor (1868–1912).
In 1864 at least two large series with works by several artists featuring the Tokaido were published. Possibly commissioned by the shogunate to commemorate the 1863 journey, the artists included Hiroshige II and Yoshitoshi. Both artists here took a cue from Hiroshige’s famous Tokaido series (published 1831–34), in which he featured daimyo (lord of a domain) boats sailing from Maisaka to the neighboring post town of Arai. (See 2003.120, also in this exhibition.)
Maisaka was a fishing town in Shizuoka Prefecture just south and west of Tokyo, and it also prospered as a post station on the Tokaido Highway. In 2005 it merged with surrounding towns to become part of the city of Hamamatsu.
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