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

Seals: Aratame

Condition: Very good color, impression and state.

Series: The 53 Stations of the Tokaido

Signature: Hiroshige hitsu

Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizo

Ostu was the traveler’s last stop before their arrival in Kyoto. Situated on the southwestern shore of Lake Biwa, this port town was tightly controlled by the Tokugawa Shogunate. This was a strategic move both economically and politically: the shogunate could regulate travel and trade while keeping an eye trained on the emperor.

About Utagawa Hiroshige (Andō Hiroshige)