51  Ishibe "Village of Megawa"

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Ishibe once bustled with people going to worship at the Ise Grand Shrines, as well as with travelers on the Tokaido Highway. Hiroshige depicts with amazing vividness an eating house at the village of Megawa serving nameshi (rice boiled with hashed rape) and dengaku (bean curd baked and coated with miso) ? specialties of this village. A group of slightly tipsy samurai, accompanied by their servants, call out to young women passing by. This is a casual exchange between fellow travelers, but the two farmers walking nearby with loads on their shoulders and a maid carrying a tray of food are too concerned with their work to show any interest in the commotion.