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A daimyō provincial lord prepares to leave an inn at Seki, where a major government check point was located. It is very early morning. When a daimyō stayed at an inn, his name would be publicly displayed on a notice board – the tall pole in the centre foreground – and the inn would be decorated with curtains and banners bearing his family crest. Hiroshige has also included his own ‘Hiro’ crest on the two lanterns carried by the man to the left of the doorway at the back.
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Pollard, Clare, Mitsuko Ito Watanabe, Landscape, Cityscape: Hiroshige Woodblock Prints in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2014), no. 10, illus. p. 57