“Fifty-Three Stations of Tōkaidō Road” now on display in the Tiger Tea Room

Ōtani, Son'yū (1886-1939) and Iguchi, Kashū (1880-1930), Tōkaidō gojūsantsugi emaki [Handscroll of the Fifty-three Station

Ōtani, Son'yū (1886-1939) and Iguchi, Kashū (1880-1930), Tōkaidō gojūsantsugi emaki — Handscroll of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō — (1922)

Princeton University Library (PUL) is pleased to announce that a new gallery exhibit, “Fifty-Three Stations of Tōkaidō Road,” is now on display at the Tiger Tea Room at Firestone Library.

Much like the fabled Route 66 in the United States, Tōkaidō Road was a 300-mile-long thoroughfare along Japan’s eastern seacoast. Its fifty-three stations or “rest stops” were legendary destinations in and of themselves. “Armchair travelers” could also experience the excitement of traveling the Tōkaidō vicariously through woodblock prints, books, and scrolls like the ones in this exhibition. 

“The Tōkaidō Road is one of Marquand's digital exhibitions—originally a component of an exhibition I curated at the Princeton University Art Museum that brought together Tōkaidō-related materials from across Princeton University collections,” said Nicole Fabricand-Person, Japanese Art Specialist at Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, who curated the gallery.

Introductory wall to the Tiger Tea Room gallery at Firestone Library.

Introductory wall to the Tiger Tea Room gallery at Firestone Library. Photo credit: Brandon Johnson.



“The featured items represent a small fraction of art and literature related to the Tōkaidō Road at Princeton,” she added. “We have many published items in the Marquand Japanese rare book collection, but there is also related material in the Graphic Arts Collection, Cotsen Children’s Library, East Asian Library, and in the Princeton University Art Museum.”

The new artwork is featured in the Tiger Tea Room, which is open during the fall term Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Afternoon tea is available from 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays by reservation.

Published on October 23, 2023

Written by Brandon Johnson, Communications Strategist

Media Contact: Barbara Valenza, Director of Library Communications