Station #43: Originally a fishing village on the Mie River, Yokkaichi became one of the largest stations on the Tokaido, an important port town and also a thriving market town. The name Yokkaichi literally means "fourth day market" and is derived from the traditional market held on the fourth day of each month at this town. Hiroshige shows the frustration of a traveler chasing his hat - perhaps bought at the market - along the dock on a very windy day. Further along, another traveler crosses one of a series of tiny bridges built over small rivers that flow through low level land along the seashore. We can practically hear the wind whipping through the tidal grasses.
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