13  Hara "Mount Fuji in the Morning"

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Hara post town is located about 6 km from Numazu. On this stretch of the Tokaido Highway, Mount Fuji looms up grandly before the travelers' eyes. High and majestic, it overwhelms all who behold it. Hiroshige expresses this emotion by employing the unconventional technique of making the top of the mountain protrude from the top of the picture. Two women traveling together who look back at the cry of a crane are most likely the wife of a samurai and her maid, and the man accompanying them their attendant.