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216: Nihonbashi (Hiroshige)

The first from Hiroshige's famous series, "The fifty-three stations of the Tokaido", this shows a scene of bustle in Edo (old Tokyo). This bridge, Nihonbashi, was the starting point for the journey to Kyoto, and in modern Japan, is still used as the point for measuring distances from Tokyo.)

Based on Hiroshige's real experience of the journey in 1832, this series include a total of 55 views - one for each endpoint, and one for each of the 53 staging points along the way.

Hiroshige (1797 – 1858) was inspired by seeing the landscape images of Hokusai, to whom he became a younger rival. He joined the flourishing Utagawa school, and produced thousands of woodblock prints, using the most advanced techniques of the time. He is most famous for his series "The 53 stations of the Tokaido."

He is usually known as Utagawa Hiroshige, being his brush name within the school, but he was born into a low-ranking samurai family (with the job of fireman), and so is also sometimes known by his real family name, Ando.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 216 pieces; 26 x 18 cm (10" x 7")
Code: E04516 (04-516 on box)
Retail price ¥1000

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