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

Seals: Aratame

Condition: Very good color, impression and state.

Signature: Hiroshige hitsu

Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizo

Mariko station was celebrated for tororojiru, a soup made from yamaimo paste. A yamaimo is a starchy root vegetable. In Hiroshige’s time, over a dozen shops would offer this local specialty to hungry travelers. Hiroshige captures this profusion of vendors with sharp, single-point perspective in this print.

About Utagawa Hiroshige (Andō Hiroshige)

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