Number 26 from Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido.
Like many Japanese printmakers, Sekino struggled with the competing claims of tradition and modernity in creating his identity as an artist. Trained in western techniques of landscape oil painting, he was almost entirely self-taught in printmaking. Before World War II, Sekino was well known for prints of famous Kabuki actors and other theater-inspired pieces. When he turned to landscape after the war, he shifted away from realistic detail and shading in his prints, adopting the vivid, clean lines of a more simplified and modern style. In 1959, Sekino began work on a sequence of prints that revisited the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido, a series made famous over one hundred years earlier by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). Sekino returned to sketch different places on the old Tokaido road each year. The completion of this series in 1974 was recognized with a Ministry of Education Award.