The character Kanpei at Inohana, between Sakanoshita Tsuchiyama Kanpei

The Tōkaidō Road connected the capital, Edo (present‐day Tokyo) with Kyoto, and was Japan’s major highway. Several print designers produced series of prints depicting scenes along the Tōkaidō – over 80 Tōkaidō series were produced in total. Here Kunisada shows famous Kabuki actors in front of landscapes related to the stations of the Tōkaidō. The actor here is Ichikawa Danjurō VIII in the role of Hayano Kanpei, holding a gun and shielding himself from rain with his sandogasa rain hat.


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