Product Code: 60752


Product Code: 60752
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From the publisher:

Utagawa Hiroshige is undoubtedly, with Hokusai, one of the most recognized Japanese artists in the art of printmaking. Born in 1797, he ceaselessly drew the nature and landscapes of Japan before its transformation under the Meiji era.

In 1832, after making his first trip on the Tôkaidô road (an illustrious road connecting the shogun capital, Edo, and the imperial capital, Kyoto) he made his most famous series of prints, the 53 Tôkaidô Stations (1833-1834). He presented the landscapes and the major places along the way integrating scenes of daily life.

Inspired by this undisputed master of printmaking, Shigeru Mizuki decides to pay tribute to Hiroshige by producing his own series of illustrations, The Fifty-three Relays of Yôkaidô. The mangaka will take two years (2001-2003) to redraw the original landscapes of Hiroshige. He maliciously integrates his personal universe, populated by yokai and his own characters, Kitaro repelling him.

A true fusion of the classical tradition of ukiyo-e (an artistic print movement in the time of Edo) and Japanese folklore, this book poses the illustrations of the two masters side by side and offers the reader an unprecedented fantastic journey.


Utagawa Hiroshige est sans aucun doute, avec Hokusai, l'un des artistes japonais les plus reconnus dans l'art de l'estampe. Né en 1797, il n'aura de cesse de dessiner la nature et les paysages du Japon avant sa transformation sous l'ère Meiji.

En 1832, après avoir effectué son premier voyage sur la route du Tôkaidô (illustre route reliant la capitale du shogun, Edo, et la capitale impériale, Kyoto) qu'il réalise sa série d'estampes la plus célèbre, les 53 Stations du Tôkaidô (1833-1834). Il y représente les paysages et les lieux majeurs croisés en chemin en y intégrant des scènes de vie quotidienne.

Inspiré par ce maître incontesté de l'estampe, Shigeru Mizuki décide de rendre hommage à Hiroshige en réalisant sa propre série d'illustrations, Les Cinquante-trois relais du Yôkaidô. Le mangaka mettra deux ans (2001-2003) à redessiner les paysages originaux d'Hiroshige. Il y intègre avec malice son univers personnel, peuplé de yôkai et de ses propres personnages, dont Kitaro le repoussant.

Véritable fusion de la tradition classique de l'ukiyo-e (mouvement artistique de l'estampe à l'époque d'Edo) et du folklore japonais, ce livre propose les illustrations des deux maîtres en vis-à-vis et offre au lecteur un périple fantastique sans précédent.

Mizuki, Shigeru

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Very Fine, issued without dustjacket, in publisher's shrinkwrap

Publishing Information


Physical Description

9.5 inches
12 inches
128 pages
110 full-page color illustrations
cloth spine, pictorial boards

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