2nd Station : 川崎 Kawasaki

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Ando Hiroshige, late 1830s, chuban yokoye published by Sanoki-Kyoka edition

Kawasaki-juku (川崎宿 Kawasaki-shuku?) was the second of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. It is located in Kawasaki-ku in the present-day city of Kawasaki.

Kawasaki-juku was established as a post station in 1623, by the local magistrate Hasegawa Nagatsuna. It was the last post station to be built along the Tōkaidō. It was located near Heiken-ji, a famous Buddhist temple, so it was often used by travelers coming to pray.

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Ando Hiroshige, “The Rokugō Ferry“ (Rokugō watashibune, 六郷渡舟), Hoeido Edition

The classic ukiyoe print by Ando Hiroshige (Hoeido edition) from 1831-1834 depicts travelers in a ferry-boat crossing the Tama River, and passengers waiting on the further bank. Mount Fuji is depicted in the far distance.A ferry-boat crossing the river, and passengers waiting on the further bank in front of a cluster of houses; Fuji in the distance. Close to the further bank is a man on a raft.
Travellers crossing the river here by ferryboat may have felt they were being carried towards a different world. However, those returning to Edo looked forward to reentering the familiar homeland. This desolate area along the seashore is now an important industrial district of Japan.

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