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At Ōiso, the 8th station along the Tokaido. Kita tries to lift the "Torako ishi" (Stone of Tora), reputed to cause the rain to fall in Ōiso.

At Ōiso, the station along the Tokaido. Kita tries to lift the "Torako ishi" (Stone of Tora), reputed to cause the rain to fall in Ōiso.

Yaji and Kita arrive at the Tenno-ji Temple in Osaka.

Fujikawa Tamenobu: Famous Places of Tokaido, Shanks Mare - Tenno-ji

Arriving at Fuchu (station #19), Yaji and Kita eagerly show up at the gates to the Abekawa-chō, the local equivalent of the Yoshiwara "pleasure quarter" in Edo.

Arriving at Fuchu (station Yaji and Kita eagerly show up at the gates to the Abekawa-chō, the local equivalent of the Yoshiwara "pleasure quarter" in Edo.

At Ainoyama, performers allow people to throw coins at their faces while they "play on the samisen and sing a song which nobody understands." Kita gets frustrated at not being able to hit the players, and so throws a pebble instead of a coin. The girl catches the pebble in her mouth, and spits it out so that it hits Yaji on the face and makes him yell.

At Ainoyama, performers allow people to throw coins at their faces while they "play on the samisen and sing a song which nobody understands." Kita gets frustrated at not being able to hit the players, and so throws a pebble instead of a coin. The girl catches the pebble in her mouth, and spits it out so that it hits Yaji on the face and makes him yell.

At Fujikawa (#37), Kita & Yaji get in a scuffle with three men who were staying at the same inn the previous night. Having been told to "go eat dung" by one of the three men, Yaji argues. The man picks up a piece of dung on his stick and tries to force Yaji to eat it. Kita intervenes, and saves the day.

Fujikawa Tamenobu: Famous Places of Tokaido, Shanks Mare - Fujikawa

At Futugawa (station #33), Yaji is challenged by a samurai -- to his horror and everyone else's amusement.

At Futugawa (station Yaji is challenged by a samurai -- to his horror and everyone else's amusement.

12º estación: Numazu

12º estación: Numazu

At Kusatsu (station #52), Kita and Yaji discuss the merits of the teahouse.

At Kusatsu (station Kita and Yaji discuss the merits of the teahouse.

At Odawara, the 9th station along the Tokaido, Yaji and Kita have trouble at the bath-house. Yaji burns his feet, while Kita wears clogs in the tub and breaks the bottom out.

woodblock print by Tamenobu Fujikawa, dated from my collection. One of the series "Tokaido Meisho Hizakurige" depicting scenes from the comic novel "Tōkaidōchū Hizakurige" ("Shank's Mare") by Jippensha Ikku, about the misadventures of two trav

"Inari Shrine at Oji" by Shotei, Takahashi

Specializing in fine Century Japanese Woodblock Prints: Shotei, Takahashi -

Hasegawa Sadanobu I: Sheet 9 from the series Cutout Pictures of One Hundred Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei harimaze), copied from the Hundred Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei) by Hiroshige I - Museum of Fine Arts

Hasegawa Sadanobu I: Sheet 9 from the series Cutout Pictures of One Hundred Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei harimaze), copied from the Hundred Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei) by Hiroshige I - Museum of Fine Arts

Utagawa Hiroshige: No. 13: Iwami, Izumo, Hôki, and Oki Provinces, from the series Cutout Pictures of the Provinces (Kunizukushi harimaze zue) - Museum of Fine Arts

Utagawa Hiroshige: No. 13: Iwami, Izumo, Hôki, and Oki Provinces, from the series Cutout Pictures of the Provinces (Kunizukushi harimaze zue) - Museum of Fine Arts

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