Narumi-juku

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Narumi-juku in the 1830s, as depicted by Hiroshige in as depicted by Hiroshige in the Hoeido edition of The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō (1831-1834)
Present-day Narumi-juku

Narumi-juku (鳴海宿, Narumi-juku?) was the fortieth of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. It is located in former Owari Province in what is now part of the Midori-ku section of the city of Nagoya, in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

History[edit]

Narumi-juku had a population of 3,643 people at its peak.[1] The post station also had 847 buildings, including one honjin, two wakihonjin and 68 hatago.[1]

The classic ukiyoe print by Ando Hiroshige (Hoeido edition) from 1831 to 1834 depicts travellers passing by open-fronted shops selling tie-died cloth, typically used for making yukata summer kimono, which was a local speciality of the region.[2] The railroad bypassed Narumi-juku in the Meiji period, and a portion of the old town is preserved as a tourist attraction.

Neighboring post towns[edit]

Tōkaidō
Chiryū-juku - Narumi-juku - Miya-juku


Further reading[edit]

  • Carey, Patrick. Rediscovering the Old Tokaido:In the Footsteps of Hiroshige. Global Books UK (2000). ISBN 1-901903-10-9
  • Chiba, Reiko. Hiroshige's Tokaido in Prints and Poetry. Tuttle. (1982) ISBN 0-8048-0246-7
  • Taganau, Jilly. The Tokaido Road: Travelling and Representation in Edo and Meiji Japan. RoutledgeCurzon (2004). ISBN 0-415-31091-1

References[edit]

Coordinates: 35°00′52″N 136°58′57″E / 35.01445°N 136.98237°E / 35.01445; 136.98237