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Tsumago post town
© Yoshida Keiji
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1500: Tsumago post town (Keiji)

A faithful representation of the classic view at Tsumago. As the inscription on the noren tells us, this is station 43 on the old Nakasendo road where it begins to climb over the Japan Alps on the long journey from Kyoto to Tokyo.

The noren is the short curtain hung outside the building on the right (meaning "We're open!") –this is the famous Matsushiroya inn, one of the hostelries catering to weary travellers on what must have been an arduous journey.

Born in 1930, in Gifu Prefecture, Yoshida Keiji graduated in 1952 from what is now the Tokyo University of the Arts, and trained as an architect. He was a joint founder of Rengousekkeisha Ichigaya Architects in Tokyo, and in addition has held academic appointments and written widely, particularly on wooden building construction and aspects of townscape. He is active in the movement to preserve the traditional Japanese townscape, which features in his many "travel sketches," together with views from wider travel around the world.

Yoshida is his family name.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E15044 (15-044 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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