Tamenobu Fujikawa (Japanese, active circa 1910-1920)
DimensionsSheet : 9 9/16 x 14 in. (24.29 x 35.56 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelThe road through the Hakone mountains was famous for being one of the most difficult but also one of the most beautiful stretches of the Tōkaidō. Here, Yaji and Kita encounter a group of women traveling toward Edo by sedan chair. Kita believes that tying a towel around his head will make his skin look fairer and therefore make him more attractive to the women. As the women pass by, they all smile at Kita and he believes his towel technique has worked. But Yaji then points out that Kita has mistakenly tied a loin-cloth around his head, and that the women were not smiling but laughing at him for effectively wearing his underwear on his head.