Okitsu, 1854, 8th month

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The station of Okitsu along the Tōkaidō Roadway is near Tago-no-ura, a site of great natural beauty. Here, Hiroshige shows the town and temple in the distance with fish nets hung to dry in the foreground. Kunisada illustrated a female traveler receiving a massage from a blind masseur. Taga-no-ura was the subject of a poem by Yamabe Akahito, an eighth century courtier who was later lauded as one of Japan's "Thirty-six Immortal Poets." Here, the masseur may be reciting Akahito's poem for the enjoyment of the woman:

When from Tago's coast's
barrier shadow I emerge,
I am startled by
Mount Fuji's lofty peak
Clad in newly fallen snow.

Artist Life
1797 - 1858
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
S0432-018; T79-18
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