Utagawa Hiroshige is undoubtedly, along with Hokusai, one of the most recognized Japanese artists in the art of printmaking. Born in 1797, he never stopped drawing the nature and landscapes of Japan before its transformation under the Meiji era.
Inspired by this undisputed master of printmaking, Shigeru Mizuki decided to pay tribute to Hiroshige by producing his own series of illustrations, The Fifty-Three Relays of Yôkaidô. The mangaka took two years (2001-2003) to redraw Hiroshige's original landscapes. He mischievously integrated his personal universe, populated by yôkai and his own characters, including Kitaro the repulsive.
A true fusion of the classical tradition of ukiyo-e (the artistic movement of the Edo period) and Japanese folklore, this book presents the illustrations of the two masters opposite each other and offers the reader an unprecedented fantastic journey.