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A 500km walk looking back its history! The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido, Ukiyo-e tour.(Part. 1)

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A 500km walk looking back its history! The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido, Ukiyo-e tour.(Part. 1)
  • Eva Maria
    Eva Maria
    autA history buff walking 500km along the same route as the Ukiyo-e artist Hiroshige Utagawa.
    Austrian dance teacher visits Japan for the sixth time. She has a beautiful smile and is a fan of Ukiyo-e with a deep knowledge of history.

A 500km walk looking back its history! The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido, Ukiyo-e tour.(Part. 1)

  • Touring "The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido" on foot for about 500km!

    Touring

    Eva teaches dancing at a college in Austria and it is her sixth time to visit Japan. She'll spend 4 weeks walking from Kyoto to Tokyo this time following the same route as her favorite Ukiyo-e "The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido", and the total distance is going to be about 500km! Let's follow her!


  • A long journey towards Tokyo begins!

    A long journey towards Tokyo begins!

    [Kyoto Sanjyo Ohashi]
    "The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido" was created by Hiroshige Utagawa in 1832 when he was traveling along the Tokaido and it includes 55 prints of the sights and stations sketched between "Nihonbashi" and "Sanjo Ohashi". Eva would like to visit each station to see the differences between now and then. Let the trip begins!


    Sanjo Ohashi
    Kyoto city, Kyoto prefecture
  • Keep on walking feeling the history.

    Keep on walking feeling the history.

    [Day 1 Otsu, Shiga]
    Eva walks for about 12km from "Sanjo Ohashi" and arrives at the first destination "Otsu". "Otsu Station" used to be the post town for delivering goods from Lake Biwa to Kyoto and have the largest population of the Tokaido. She's happy finding the spot printed in the Ukiyo-e.


    Otsu
    Otsu city, Shiga prefecture
  • Reason for this trip.

    Reason for this trip.

    [Day 2 & 3 Kusatsu, Shiga]
    Eva's Japanese teacher at college taught the beauty of Ukiyo-e and that's how she's become into it and come up with the idea of this trip. She likes the silence of Hiroshige Utagawa's prints and wants to experience it by herself during this trip.


    Deeper knowledge in the history than Japanese.

    Deeper knowledge in the history than Japanese.

    "[Day 2 & 3 Kusatsu, Shiga]
    Eva reaches her next destination "Kusatsu" after a 15km of walk along the Kyu Tokaido from "Otsu". 2 main routes connecting Kyoto and Tokyo are separated here at "Kusatsu". She knows the history very well the Japanese crew even gets a lecture from her..."


    What's discovered?

    What's discovered?

    [Day 2 & 3 Kusatsu, Shiga]
    On the Ukiyo-e of the "Kusatsu Station" of "The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido" there is a building with a sign "Ubagamochi" and Eva finds a shop with the same sign! But this isn't the same exact shop…


    Keeping the same taste for 440 years.

    Keeping the same taste for 440 years.

    [Day 2 & 3 Kusatsu, Shiga]
    "Ubagamochi" is a local specialty of "Kusatsu Station" with 440 years of history. It is a Japanese confection with mochi wrapped with sweet bean paste. Eva enjoys the taste that Hiroshige Utagawa and Basho Matsuo also enjoyed with a feel of the history.


    Ukiyo-e tour is just started.

    Ukiyo-e tour is just started.

    We decide to meet at the "Kameyama Station" later and say good bye to Eva for now. "The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido" Ukiyo-e tour to be continued! See you next time!


    kusatsu
    kusatsu city, Shiga prefecture

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