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Station #27:  Tateba or dechaya were small, simply built teahouses or refreshment stands.  They offered light shelter and were generally located so as to offer a special view of the countryside.  Hiroshige shows two kago bearers who have stopped to rest, perhaps discouraged because they don't have a passenger.  Travelers rode inside the basket they slung between their shoulders.  Inside the teashop a hikyaku (mail courier) is resting and smoking a pipe, perhaps listening to the bird perched jauntily on the sign post.  \n\nImage Copyright: Minneapolis Institute of Art
Copyright © 2007, Helen and Steve Rindsberg

Station #27: Tateba or dechaya were small, simply built teahouses or refreshment stands. They offered light shelter and were generally located so as to offer a special view of the countryside. Hiroshige shows two kago bearers who have stopped to rest, perhaps discouraged because they don't have a passenger. Travelers rode inside the basket they slung between their shoulders. Inside the teashop a hikyaku (mail courier) is resting and smoking a pipe, perhaps listening to the bird perched jauntily on the sign post.

Image Copyright: Minneapolis Institute of Art