The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Kaidō

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The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Kaidō (木曾街道六十九次, Kiso Kaidō Rokujūkyū-tsugi) or Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Road, is a series of ukiyo-e works created by Utagawa Hiroshige and Keisai Eisen. There are 71 total prints in the series (one for each of the 69 post stations and Nihonbashi; Nakatsugawa-juku has two prints). The common name for the Kiso Kaidō is "Nakasendō," so this series is sometimes referred to as the Sixty-nine Stations of the Nakasendō. It is a follow up to Hiroshige's The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō and he produced 47 of the prints, with Eisen being responsible for the rest.[1]

The Nakasendō[edit]

The Nakasendō was one of the Five Routes constructed under Tokugawa Ieyasu, a series of roads linking the historical capital of Edo with the rest of Japan. The Nakasendō connected Edo with the then-capital of Kyoto. It was an alternate route to the Tōkaidō and travelled through the central part of Honshū, thus giving rise to its name, which means "Central Mountain Road". Along this road, there were sixty-nine different post stations, which provided stables, food, and lodging for travelers.

Prints by Eisen[edit]

Ukiyo-e print of Gōdo-juku, by Eisen

Eisen produced the first 11 prints of the series, from Nihonbashi to Honjō-shuku, stretching from Tokyo to Saitama Prefecture. His prints from Gunma Prefecture include Kuragano-shuku, Itahana-shuku and Sakamoto-shuku. Representing Nagano Prefecture, he made prints of Kutsukake-shuku, Oiwake-shuku, Iwamurada-shuku, Shiojiri-shuku, Narai-juku, Yabuhara-juku, Nojiri-juku and Magome-juku. His last two prints, Unuma-juku and Gōdo-juku represent Gifu Prefecture. After that, Hiroshige took over production of the series.


Prints by Hiroshige[edit]

Kanō-juku
Kisokaido53 Kano.jpg
ArtistHiroshige

Hiroshige's prints start in Gunma Prefecture and include Shinmachi-shuku, Takasaki-shuku, Annaka-shuku and Matsuida-shuku. His prints that reflect Nagano Prefecture] are Karuisawa-shuku, Otai-shuku, from Shionada-juku to Shimosuwa-shuku, from Seba-juku to Niekawa-juku, from Miyanokoshi-juku to Suhara-juku, Midono-juku and Tsumago-juku. His prints from Gifu Prefecture include Ochiai-juku to Ōta-juku, Kanō-juku, and from Mieji-juku to Imasu-juku. His last ten prints, from Kashiwabara-juku to Ōtsu-juku are all in Shiga Prefecture.


Tabulation of series[edit]

The following tabulation is ordered by image number in series of images available at Commons, from Kisokaido01 to Kisokaido69. This numbering may or may not be in correct order of stations.

Woodcut print Station No and English name Japanese Transliteration
1
Kisokaido01 Itabashi.jpg
Itabashi
2
Kisokaido02 Warabi.jpg
Warabi
3
Kisokaido03 Urawa.jpg
Urawa
4
Kisokaido04 Omiya.jpg
Omiya
5
Kisokaido05 Ageo.jpg
Ageo
6
Kisokaido06 Okegawa.jpg
Okegawa
7
Kisokaido07 Konosu.jpg
Konosu
8
Kisokaido08 Kumagai.jpg
Kumagai
9
Kisokaido09 Fukaya.jpg
Fukaya
10
Kisokaido10 Honjo.jpg
Honjo
11
Kisokaido11 Shinmachi.jpg
Shinmachi
12
Kisokaido12 Kuragano.jpg
Kuragano
13
Kisokaido13 Takasaki.jpg
Takasaki
14
Kisokaido14 Itahana.jpg
Itahana
15
Kisokaido15 Annaka.jpg
Annaka
16
Kisokaido16 Matsuida.jpg
Matsuida
17
Kisokaido17 Sakamoto.jpg
Sakamoto
18
Kisokaido18 Karuisawa.jpg
Karuisawa
19
Kisokaido19 Kutsukake.jpg
Kutsukake
20
Kisokaido20 Oiwake.jpg
Oiwake
21
Kisokaido21 Otai.jpg
Otai
22
Kisokaido22 Iwamurada.jpg
Iwamurada
23
Kisokaido23 Shionada.jpg
Shionada
24
Kisokaido24 Yawata.jpg
Yawata
25
Kisokaido25 Mochizuki.jpg
Mochizuki
26
Kisokaido26 Ashida.jpg
Ashida
27
Kisokaido27 Nagakubo.jpg
Nagakubo
28
Kisokaido28 Wada.jpg
Wada
29
Kisokaido29 Shimosuwa.jpg
Shimosuwa
30
Kisokaido30 Shiojiri.jpg
Otai
31
Kisokaido31 Seba.jpg
Seba
32
Kisokaido32 Motoyama.jpg
Motoyama
33
Kisokaido33 Niekawa.jpg
Niekawa
34
Kisokaido34 Narai.jpg
Narai
35
Kisokaido35 Yabuhara.jpg
Yabuhara
36
Kisokaido36 Miyanokoshi.jpg
Miyanokoshi
37
Kisokaido37 Fukushima.jpg
Fukushima
38
Kisokaido38 Agematsu.jpg
Agematsu
39
Kisokaido39 Suhara.jpg
Suhara
40
Kisokaido40 Nojiri.jpg
Nojiri
41
Kisokaido41 Midono.jpg
Midono
42
Kisokaido42 Tsumago.jpg
Tsumago
43
Kisokaido43 Magome.jpg
Magome
44
Kisokaido44 Ochiai.jpg
Ochiai
45
Kisokaido45a Nakatsugawa.jpg
Kisokaido45b Nakatsugawa.jpg
Nakatsugawa
46
Kisokaido46 Oi.jpg
Ōi
47
Kisokaido47 Okute.jpg
Ōkute
48
Kisokaido48 Hosokute.jpg
Hosokute
49
Kisokaido49 Mitake.jpg
Mitake
50
Kisokaido50 Fushimi.jpg
Fushimi
51
Kisokaido51 Ota.jpg
Ōta
52
Kisokaido52 Unuma.jpg
Unuma
53
Kisokaido53 Kano.jpg
Kanō
54
Kisokaido54 Godo.jpg
Gōdo
55
Kisokaido55 Mieji.jpg
Mieji
56
Kisokaido56 Akasaka.jpg
Akasaka
57
Kisokaido57 Tarui.jpg
Tarui
58
Kisokaido58 Sekigahara.jpg
Sekigahara
59
Kisokaido59 Imasu.jpg
Imasu
60
Kisokaido60 Kashiwabara.jpg
Kashiwabara
61
Kisokaido61 Samegai.jpg
Samegai
62
Kisokaido62 Banba.jpg
Banba
63
Kisokaido63 Toriimoto.jpg
Toriimoto
64
Kisokaido64 Takamiya.jpg
Takamiya
65
Kisokaido65 Echigawa.jpg
Echigawa
66
Kisokaido66 Musa.jpg
Musa
67
Kisokaido67 Moriyama.jpg
Moriyama
68
Kisokaido68 Kusatsu.jpg
Kusatsu
69
Kisokaido69 Otsu.jpg
Ōtsu

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Hiroshige - Kisokaido. www.hiroshige.org.uk. Accessed November 1, 2017.
  • Basil Stewart, A Guide to Japanese Prints and Their Subject Matter. Dover Books on Oriental Art, 1979 (1st ed. 1922), pp. 98–107.
  • Gordon Friese, Keisai Eisen - Utagawa Hiroshige. Die 69 Stationen des Kisokaido: Eine vollständige Serie japanischer Farbholzschnitte und ihre Druckvarianten. Unna, 2008, ISBN 978-3-9809261-3-3
  • Sebastian Izzard, Hiroshige: Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido.George Braziller, 2009. ISBN 978-0-8076-1593-5

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