Utagawa Hiroshige (Andō Hiroshige), ‘Hakone’, 1855, Ronin Gallery

Seals: Aratame

Condition: Very good color, impression and state.

Signature: Hiroshige hitsu

Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizo

Hakone station confronted travelers with the most physically challenging and dangerous portion of their journey. Hakone Pass teemed with eager bandits and perilous terrain, yet the mountain pass compensated travelers with stunning views and onsen (hot springs) along the way. Hiroshige captures night travel, presenting tiny figures bearing immense flickering torches to light their arduous ascent.

About Utagawa Hiroshige (Andō Hiroshige)

Japanese, 1797-1858, Edo (modern Tokyo), Japan, based in Edo (present day Tokyo), Japan