Station #39: This print shows the east field of Chiryu posting station where horse fairs were held every year from April 25 to May 5. About 4,500 horses could be traded during prosperous years. The streets were alive with many itinerent actors and musicians who entertained the traders assembled from all over the region. Horses were crucial to trade along the Tokaido, carrying freight and tourists. The grooms who led the horses sang jaunty tunes to entertain their customers. Each region had their unique songs which were often about beautiful women and wine.
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