Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Fifty-three cat as puns for the names of the stations on the Tokaido Road

The Ukiyo-e is printed on Echizen kizuki hosho washi (a unique kind of Japanese paper) handmade by Ichibei Iwano, a living national treasure. This makes the vivid colors and the soft, warm textures of woodcut prints come to life.

The title of this piece is a spoof of the fifty-three stations on the Tōkaidō, which are the rest areas along the coastal route that ran from Edo to Kyoto. The work is spread over three prints (triptych format), and each of the 55 illustrations of cats is a play on words based on the names of the 53 stations plus Nihonbashi and Kyoto, the beginning and end points of the Tokaido route. Kuniyoshi was famous for being a cat-lover, and the cats in this piece are lovingly portrayed, each one capturing a different aspect of a cat’s charm in a humorous way with great accuracy and careful observation.

Price 50,000yen(Excluding Tax)

Print Size (cm)37.4 × 77.8 cm
PaperEchizen Kizuki Hosho Washimade by Living National Treasure, Ichibei Iwano
ExplanationJapanese and English
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