The Sixty-nine Post Stations of the Kisokaidô Road, Part I
(Kisokaidô rokujûku tsugi, 木曾街道六十九次之内), 1852-1853
The Kisokaidô Road was an inland route connecting Edo(present day Tokyo) with Kyoto. (The costal route between Edo and Kyoto was the Tôkaidô Road). There were sixty-nine rest stops along the Kisokaidô Road. In this series, Kuniyoshi designed one print for each of the sixty-nine rest stops plus prints for Edo and Kyoto, as well as a title page. The main design of each print portrays a historical, legendary of fictional scene associated with the location. A small panel in each print shows a view of the station. Most of the prints are numbered, but there are slight inconsistencies in the numbering. The prints in this series are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ôban.
Station: Honjô (本庄)
Main scene: Shirai Gompachi sheathing his sword with a purse in his mouth in the rain.
Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei
From the Paul Standard Collection.
Source: The Kunisada Project.