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Widener Exhibition Travels Along Japanese Road

August 21, 2012

A new exhibition in the Widener University Art Gallery transports visitors on a 310-mile journey across Japan in the year 1832.

Along the Eastern Road: Hiroshige’s Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido, arranged by the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pa., features Japanese woodblock prints created by Utagawa Hiroshige. In the prints, Hiroshige records the views he witnessed from the picturesque Tokaido Road, also known as the Eastern Sea Road, which formed the connection between Tokyo (then Edo) and Kyoto, the former capital of Japan. The prints are placed in geographic order, allowing the viewer to follow the journey’s progression chronologically.

In addition to Hiroshige’s prints, Japanese pieces from the same time period in the university’s Alfred O. Deshong Collection are on display. The exhibition will remain in place through Oct. 20. For more information on the exhibit and the gallery, including hours of operation, please visit the gallery’s web site.

This print, 26th Station: Kakegawa, shows adults and children crossing a bridge on the Tokaido Road, also known as the Eastern Sea Road.

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