“All Heaven and Earth
Flowered white obliterate…
A little haiku to go with this woodblock print from Ando Hiroshige on this snowy day for our friends to the North. The piece, titled “Kambara, Night Snow (Kambara, yoru no yuki)” is no. 16 from the series, Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (Tokaido Gojusan Tsugi) from 1834. An original was accessioned into the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and later reproduced in Japanese woodblock prints in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum published in 1979 and available digitally on our website.
It reads: “The night view of Kambara under heavy snow is one of the most famous prints of the Tokaido series. Three peasants trudge on undeterred by the snow-covered surface of the highway. One figure in geta (wooden sandals) covers his head with a half-closed umbrella. The configuration of village rooftops subtly complements the shape of the distant mountains and closely resembles Hiroshige’s rhythmic treatment of rooflines in other views from this series.”
See the original from the Smithsonian’s online collections search, collections.si.edu.