Parastone - Kuniyoshi, Cats Stations ceramic tealight
Kuniyoshi - Cats Stations Medium Vase
The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō, in the Hōeidō edition (1833–1834), is a series of ukiyo-e woodcut prints created by Utagawa Hiroshige after his first travel along the Tōkaidō in 1832. The Tōkaidō was one of the Five Routes constructed under Tokugawa Ieyasu, a series of roads linking the historical capital of Edo with the rest of Japan. The Tōkaidō connected Edo with the then-capital of Kyoto. The most important and well-traveled of these, the Tōkaidō travelled along the eastern coast of Honshū, thus giving rise to its name, which means "Eastern Sea Road". Along this road, there were 53 different post stations, which provided stables, food, and lodging for travelers.
Every one of the 53 cats on this woodcut represents the meaning of a word that sounds like the name of a post station along the important Edo to Kyoto road.