Evening Snow at Kanbara, from the series "Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō"

Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo))

Period: Edo period (1615–1868)

Date: ca. 1833–34

Culture: Japan

Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper

Dimensions: 8 7/8 x 13 3/4 in. (22.5 x 34.9 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936

Accession Number: JP2492


Deep snow covers the slope of Kanbara in the evening. Fresh flakes falling on the houses, trees, and mountains create a quiet that is broken only by the implied crunch of travelers' footsteps in the snow. This scene is almost entirely imaginary; it rarely snows in the Kanbara area, in present-day Shizuoka Prefecture.