The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaido, woodcut prints created by Utagawa Hiroshige after his first travel along the Tōkaidō in 1832.
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858, sometimes called Ando Hiroshige) was the second of the two great masters of the Japanese landscape woodblock print, after Hokusai. He is particularly known for his scenes featuring snow and rain, which feature in many of his best and most famous images, and which has led to his becoming know as "the artist of rain, snow and mist
In 1811, he became a pupil of the woodblock artist Toyohiro, who had been a fellow-pupil with the great woodblock master Tokokuni under Toyoharu (all of the Utagawa school, the latter being the founder). In 1812 he was formally adopted into the Utagawa school, with the name Utagawa Hiroshige. He continued to hold his post as a fire-watchman, though, until 182