Tamenobu Fujikawa (Japanese, active circa 1910-1920)
DimensionsSheet : 9 9/16 x 14 in. (24.29 x 35.56 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelNihonbashi is a bridge in downtown Tokyo (formerly Edo). During the Tokugawa period (1615-1868), the arched wooden bridge that existed where the modern bridge now stands was the official eastern terminus of the Tōkaidō and is where the fictional journey recounted in Shank’s Mare Tōkaidō begins. In the novel, Yaji and Kita are in a rush to leave Edo because they owe debts they cannot repay to several local merchants. This print portrays the two characters in the left foreground hurrying to get on the road before they are overtaken by the entourage of a high-ranking samurai, the advance members of which are just approaching the end of the bridge.