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National Museum of Asian Arts – Guimet – On the road to Tokaido

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The recent acquisition of an important album of Tokaido prints that belonged to Victor Segalen (1878-1919), poet, novelist and sinologist, is an opportunity to present for the first time to the public this road around which include many famous prints.

The Tokaido or “East Sea Route” is the most important route (kaido) of Japan. It is best known in Europe for being a scenic coastal route, more exactly one of the five Gokaido routes, as much as a tourist route and route involved in the construction of a political space in Japan from the time of Edo (1603- 1868).

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