43  Yokkaichi "The Mie River"

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Yokkaichi, which once flourished as a port on the road to the Ise Grand Shrines, took its name from local fairs taking place on the 4th, 14th and 24th days of each month. Hiroshige depicts the bank of the Mie River, not the hustle and bustle of the post town. Willows sway violently in the strong sea winds blowing across a field of reeds. A traveler has his sedge hat blown away and another is shown with his raincoat billowing out behind him. Despite their humorous postures, there is something forlorn about this late-autumn travel scene.