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Friday, May 13, 2005


Hiroshige's travels down Tokaido road in museum show in Tokyo

Tabako to Shio no Hakubutsu-kan (Tobacco and Salt Mus eum) in Tokyo's Shibuya is exhibiting ukiyoe (woodblock prints) depict ing the Edo Period Tok aido highway, which con nected Edo, the seat of the Tokugawa Shogunate, and Kyoto, the imperial capital.

"Tokaido Gojusan-tsugi (The 53 Stations of Tokaido)," a series of ukiyoe drawn by Utagawa Hiroshige the First and published by Hoeido in 1833, became a hit and inspired other ukiyo-e artists to depict Todaido.

The exhibition, "Edo no Tabi (Travels During the Edo Period)," exhibits about 130 pieces, including not only Hiroshige's Hoeido edition but also other prints that depict the Tokaido by Hiroshige and other artists.

It is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through May 22 (closed on Monday). Admission is 100 yen and 50 yen

The museum (1-16-8 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku. Tel. [03] 3476-2041) is along the Koen Dori Avenue and a five-minute walk from Shibuya Station.

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