Behind the Story of “Blood and Tears” – The Tokaido Road

Behind the Story of “Blood and Tears” – The Tokaido Road

June 1, 2018 Behind the Story Blog Blood and Tears Graphic Design History Japan 0

Fujisawa Juku, Tokaido Road
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Our story begins in Fujisawa Juku, approximately 50 km from Edo…

The Tokaido Road was the main highway running between Kyoto and Edo during the pre-modern periods. Along it’s length were 53 government-sanctioned post stations that offered lodging, food and services for travelers.

The woodcut prints accompanying each map are part of a series, “The 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road,” created by the artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858).

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