Vol 69, No 2 (2008)


Cover Page
This month’s cover illustration shows print 38 of Tokaido Gojusantsugi no uchi: Fujikawa (Fifty-three stations of the Tokaido: Fujikawa station), by Ando Hiroshige (1797–1858), housed in the collection of the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University. The Tokaido was the highway connecting Edo (now Tokyo) and Kyoto during the premodern period in Japan and was a popular subject among artists of ukiyo-e (“floating world” woodblock prints). It included 53 “stations” or rest stops, in addition to the starting point in Edo and the end of the route in Kyoto. This print depicts a group of travelers on horseback entering Fujikawa station during a heavy snowfall. Visit www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/eastasian/ for more information.