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Travelers and Hostesses at an Inn at Akasaka

This depiction of the courtyard of an inn is full of charming detail. On the right, young women are putting on their makeup. On the left, a guest is taking his leisure—smoking a pipe and being served some food. The guest to the far right has just returned from the evening bath.

Andō Hiroshige
Japanese, 1797–1858
Travelers and Hostesses at an Inn at Akasaka, from the series Fifty-Three Stations of the Hokkaido Road
1831–34
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
9 ¼ x 13 7/8 in. (23.2 x 35.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Purchased with funds from the Thomas T. Solley Endowed Fund for the Curator of Asian Art, 2014.30