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Tsuchiyama (Station 50), Ando Hiroshige, Color woodblock print, 1831-34

2KALAMAZOO, MI.- A new exhibition at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Gus Foster and Ando Hiroshige: The Tokaido Road, offers contrasting views of one of Asia’s great highways. The exhibition, a collection of 19th-century prints by Hiroshige and Foster’s contemporary, panoramic photographs, opens Saturday, September 8 and continues through Sunday, December 5.
Of the five main highways radiating from Edo (present-day Tokyo, Japan) during the Tokugawa era (1603-1868), the Tokaido Road was the busiest and perhaps most important. Along this route came great nobles from the western provinces, samurai warriors, masterless samurai (ronin), monks and various other travelers.
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Kambara (Station 16) (detail), Ando Hiroshige, Color woodblock print, 1831-34.