Maisaka

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Station #30:  Travelers reached Maisaka from Hamamatsu by a ferry.  An earthquake and tidal wave in 1499 destroyed the land between Lake Hamana and the Enshu Sea which had once connected the two stations. The four mile stretch of water came to be called Imagire (Ima - now and gire - cut).  Prospective brides avoided crossing at Imagire, fearing the curse of a short-lived marriage.  This added approximately 27 miles or 45 kilometers to their journey.  Hiroshige created a winter scene with snow covered Mt. Fuji in the distance.  In the foreground are clam fishers and the sails of the ferries.   \n\nImage Copyright: Minneapolis Institute of Art One of the three landings for the ferries is preserved, complete with an old light.  Far in the distance you can see the modern highway that spans the bay.  One landing was for the exclusive use of the daimyo.  The second landing was used by the samurai, merchants and commoners.  The third landing was used once a year when the Korean delegation visited the shogun in Edo.  On busy days, it must have been very frustrating to wait in long lines while one landing was unused. A waki-honjin is preserved in Maisaka.  This was the second level inn for the use of the samurai who traveled with a daimyo (great lord who was a governor).  To the right is the entrance to the inn.  To the left are large windows that swing up into the rafters so that luggage and kago would be loaded into the inn. This luxurious room was for the highest ranking samurai.  It looks out onto a beautiful garden.  Nearby rooms were for the samurai's guards and there was also a special room for preparing tea. Recently there's a fad for walking the Tokaido.  These two gentlemen stopped briefly to tour the waki-honjin.  In just a few minutes they were back on the road.  They were traveling very light, so they probably just walked the Tokaido section by section, one weekend at a time.  Our good friend Katsuhiko Okamoto walked end to end in October 2006.