The Sixty-nine Post Stations of the Kisokaidô Road,

Part II



Station: Yawata (八幡)

Number on print: 25

Main scene: Ômi Kotôda (近江小藤太) and Yawata Saburô (八幡三郎) in hunting dress observing the standards of a body of troops moving through a gorge below them

Insert: rice paddies and a mountain in the mist

Publisher: Hayashi-ya Shôgorô

Robinson: S74.26


Station: Mochizuki (望月)

Number on print: 26

Main scene: Kaidômaru (怪童丸), who is also known as Kintoki, attended by a monkey and a white hare, capturing a small tengu

Insert: wooded hill and mountainside

Publisher: Hayashi-ya Shôgorô

Robinson: S74.27


NOTE: Tengu are forest-dwelling creatures that are either human-like with wings and long noses or bird-like.


Station: Ashida (芦田)

Number on print: 27

Main scene: The witch Nyogetsu-ni (女月尼) followed by Arai Maru (あらい丸)

Insert: village among mountains

Publisher: Sumiyoshi-ya Masagorô

Robinson: S74.28


Station: Nagakubo (長窪)

Number on print: 28

Main scene: Kichizô (吉三) seated on a bench, looks over his right shoulder at O-Shichi (お七) who holds a framed calligraphy (shôchikubai) signed by herself

Insert: rice paddies, a teahouse and distant hills

Publisher: Tsuji-ya Yasubei

Robinson: S74.29


Station: Wada (和田)

Number on print: 29

Main scene: Wada Hyôe (和田兵衛) in court dress on a bridge defying four musketeers

Insert: rice paddies and a village among hills

Publisher: Sumiyoshi-ya Masagorô

Robinson: S74.30


Station: Shimo no Suwa (下諏訪)

Number on print: 30

Main scene: Yaegaki-hime (八重垣姫) dancing with the sacred helmet of Shingen which is revered by the Takeda Clan

Insert: a waterfall

Publisher: Yahata-ya Sakujirô

Robinson: S74.31


Station: Shiojiri (塩尻)

Number on print: 31

Main scene: Takagi Toranosuke (髙木虎之助) with his wife and children looking out over the sea with a half-submerged whale

Insert: road among pine trees leading towards a mountain

Publisher: Izutsu-ya Shôkichi

Robinson: S74.32


Station: Seba (洗馬)

Number on print: 32

Main scene: Musashi-bô Benkei (武蔵坊弁慶), having captured Tosa-bô Shôshun (土佐坊昌俊) in the night-attack on the Horikawa Palace, carries off his captive on horseback

Insert: wooded hills and a band of mist

Publisher: Yahata-ya Sakujirô

Robinson: S74.33


Station: Motoyama (本山)

Number on print: 33

Main scene: Young court dancer as a Yama-uba (山姥, mountain genii) descending on a cloud

Insert: village under a hill with a band of mist

Publisher: Yahata-ya Sakujirô

Robinson: S74.34


Station: Niekawa (贄川)

Number on print: 34

Main scene: Takeshiuchi-no-sukune (武内宿称) defeating his treacherous brother Amamiuchi-no-sukune (弟甘美内宿称) in the ordeal of boiling water

Insert: three travelers approaching a bridge with a river and mountain behind

Publisher: Kaga-ya Yasubei

Robinson: S74.35


Station: Narai (奈良井)

Number on print: 35

Main scene: Zenkichi (善吉) taking leave of O-Roku (おろく)

Insert: hilly landscape with golden mist

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei

Robinson: S74.36



Station: Yabuhara (藪原)

Number on print: 36

Main scene: Sue Harukata (陶春賢) armored and mounted cuts through a bamboo spear at the battle of Itsukushima in 1555

Insert: landscape with travelers, hills and a distant village

Publisher: Sumiyoshi-ya Masagorô

Robinson: S74.37


Station: Miyanokoshi (宮の越)

Number on print: 37

Main scene: Prince Ôto-no-miya (大塔宮), with an acolyte, reading scriptures while his murderer, Fuchibe Yoshihiro, approaches

Insert: pine tree in the mountains

Publisher: Sumiyoshi-ya Masagorô

Robinson: S74.38


Station: Fukushima (福島)

Number on print: 37 (it should be 38)

Main scene: Urashima Tarô (浦島太郎) on the shore under a pine tree with a tortoise, from whose mouth issues a vision of Mount Hôrai (Mountain of Immortality)

Insert: road descending between steep wooded hills

Publisher: Izutsu-ya Shôkichi

Robinson: S74.39


Station: Agematsu (read Uematsu [上松] on the print)

Number on print: 39

Main scene: Yoshitsune’s retainer Eda Genzô (江田源三) in a pine tree near the Hokikawa Palace watching for the approach of Shôshun’s men

Insert: hilly landscape with village

Publisher: Takada-ya Takejirô

Robinson: S74.40


Station: Suwara (須原)

Number on print: 40 

Main scene: poet Ariwara no Narihira (業平) eloping with Nijô-no-tsubone (二條后) pursued by men with torches

Insert: a mountain pass

Publisher: Kadzusa-ya Iwazô

Robinson: S74.41


I am grateful to John Bassett for this image.


Another state of the above design without any pigment in the moon


Another state of the above design lacking both green and purple


Station: Nojiri (野尻)

Number on print: 41

Main scene: Hirai Yasumasa (平井保昌) playing the flute as Hakamadare Yasusuke (袴埀保輔) approaches with a drawn sword

Insert: mountainous road

Publisher: Izutsu-ya Shôkichi

Robinson: S74.42


Station: Mitono (三戸野, read as Midono on the print)

Number on print: 42

Main scene: Mitono Kotarô (美止野小太郎) fighting off three ruffians on a ruined temple veranda

Insert: village among rice paddies and pine trees

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei

Robinson: S74.43


Station: Tsumago (read as

Tsumagome [妻籠] on the print)

Number on print: 43

Main scene: Abe no Yasuna (安倍保名) finding his child with an apparition of its mother, the fox-woman Kuzunoha (葛葉狐)

Insert: rooftops on a wooded hillside with a mountain behind

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei

Robinson: S74.44


Station: Magome (馬籠)

Number on print: 45 (it should be 44)

Main scene: a bearer displaying a universal sign of disrespect to Takebayashi Sadashichi (竹林定七)

Insert: hilly road with a band of pink mist

Publisher: Sumiyoshi-ya Masagorô

Robinson: S74.45


Station: Ochiai (落合)

Number on print: 44 (it should be 45)

Main scene: Kume Sennin (久米仙人) falls into the water while staring at a bare bosomed washerwoman (晒女)

Insert: road descending to a village through wooded hills

Publisher: Sumiyoshi-ya Masagorô

Robinson: S74.46


Station: Nakatsugawa (中津川)

Number on print: 46

Subtitle: Horibe’s Wife and Daughter (堀部の妻 同娘)

Main scene: Horibe Yasubei’s wife and daughter in a grove of pine-trees watching him revenge his uncle’s murder

Insert: travelers on a plain among mountains

Publisher: Yahata-ya Sakujirô

Robinson: S74.47


Station: Ôi (大井)

Number on print: 47

Main scene: robber Ono Sadakurô (斧定九郎) calling Yoichibei (a scene from Act V of the kabuki play ‘Kanadehon chûshingura’)

Insert: traveler leading a horse in front of a teahouse

Publisher: Kaga-ya Yasubei

Robinson: S74.48


Station: Ôkute (大久手)

Number on print: 48

Main scene: a young woman grappling with the Hag of the Lonely House (一ツ家老婆) at Adachi-ga-hara with a vision of the goddess Kannon protecting the former

Insert: wide road at sunset leading towards a mountain

Publisher: Yahata-ya Sakujirô

Robinson: S74.49


Station: Hosokute (細久手)

Number on print: 49

Main scene: Horikoshi Dairei (堀越大領) drawing his sword against the ghost of Asakura Tôgo in a scene from the kabuki play ‘Higashiyama Sakura sôshi

Insert: road through a group of pine trees

Publisher: Yahata-ya Sakujirô

Robinson: S74.50


“Robinson” refers to listing in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982) and its privately published supplement.