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TOPPAN FORMS Donates Japanese Traditional Ukiyo-e Art, The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road Illustrated Handscroll Hoeido Series, to Fukuroi City
Supporting the Community through Education

February 15, 2019

DigitalHybrid Company TOPPAN FORMS CO., LTD. (TOPPAN FORMS hereunder) today donated Utagawa Hiroshige’s Hoeido Series of the Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road Illustrated Handscroll, to Fukuroi City, Shizuoka, as part of its community support efforts. Fukuroi City is a former station-town on the Tokaido Road.
Last March, TOPPAN FORMS produced the above publication using high-precision digital printing technology and started to sell it. Original high-grade prints stored at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston were reproduced in this Handscroll, which made it possible to see the 55 prints of ukiyo-e consecutively. Most of the original prints are from the Spaulding Collection, which is normally not open to the public under any circumstances as the delicate and fragile colors of the ukiyo-e prints may easily fade. These full-scale reproductions are also highly valuable academically.
Fukuroi City, to which TOPPAN FORMS donated the publication, is where the Fukuroi station was located in the middle of Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road. It actively implements community promotional activities by advocating for Tokaido Domannaka-Ichi. TOPPAN FORMS will support regional revitalization by opening a new plant in the city in November 2019. It also hopes that this donation will be helpful for the education of students and adults in the Fukuroi region, and the scroll will be used as a teaching material on the traditions of Japan.
Moreover, TOPPAN FORMS will donate it to other station-towns and continue to carry out cultural activities in the future.