47  Seki"Early Morning Departure from Honjin"

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In Seki, a post town at the foot of the Suzuka Pass, where the road branches out into the Iga Route leading to Yamato province, Hiroshige depicts a daimyo and his retinue hastily getting ready to leave their honjin, or officially appointed inn, early in the morning. Before dawn, the daimyo's palanquin is placed outside the inn's front gate where curtains bearing the lord's family crest are hung and lanterns are set up, and footmen and retainers are busily preparing for the departure of their master. This print is a valuable art work showing what the prestigious honjin looked like.