Uchida Art Co Japanese Woodblock Prints
These posthumous reprints of classic ukiyo-e prints are by Kyoto publishers Uchida Art Co, Ltd, who have been producing artist quality woodblock prints since 1919. Combining the artisan skills of the designer, carver and printer, Uchida Art Co works to keep the values of the Golden Age of Japanese printmaking of the ukiyo-e era alive in the Showa period.
These prints are after a series by Hiroshige Ando (1797-1858) depicting scenes from the “Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido”. The Tokaido road, linking the shogun's capital, Edo, to the imperial one, Kyoto, was the main transport artery of old Japan. Hiroshige first travelled the length of the road in 1832 and its landscapes and people made a profound impression on him, after which he made this series of prints.