Human-interest Views of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô

(Tôkaidô gofusan eki shishuku meisho, 東海道五十三次人物志)

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke (海老屋 林之助)

c. 1849

This series of unknown size has prominent human figures engaged in daily activities against a landscape representing one of the stations of the Tôkaidô.  It predates Hiroshige’s similar Jimbutsu Tôkaidô.  This series is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  The prints are each about 10 by 14 inches (25 by 36 centimeters), a size known as ôban.

Number: 1

Station: Nihombashi (日本橋)

Scene: Crowds on Nihombashi (bridge)

Number: 2

Station: Shinagawa (品川)



NOTE: This drawing was never published as a woodblock print.

Number: 3

Station: Kawasaki (川崎)

Scene: Travelers at a river-crossing

This drawing for the above print is courtesy of Jeffrey Pollard.

Number: 4

Station: Kanagawa (神奈川)

Scene: Bearers carrying a traveler in a palanquin

Number: 5

Station: Totsuka (戸塚)

Scene: Travelers eating and drinking


I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

Number: 8

Station: Hiratsuka (平塚)

Scene: Travelers disembarking from a ferry

Number: 9

Station: Oiso (大磯)

Scene: A traveler on horseback stopping to see roadside vendors