Tokaido Shinkansen Line runs on the old route called Tokaido which connects Tokyo and Kyoto. Along the route, there are 53 post stations altogether and the Ukiyo-e painter Hiroshige Ando drew “53 Stations of Tokaido Route”. The scnery of course has changed duringe several centuries but sometimes, old shops in the Ukiyo-e paintings still remain today. Near from Abekawa, there is an old post station called Mariko. Hiroshige drew a yam soup shop called Choji-ya in this area.
This Choji-ya still serves grated yam soup today.
By the way, Hiroshige’s Ukiyo-e of Mariko Juku is said to give effect to Monet’s painting of Haystacks.
Japanese Wikipedia says that Monet followed Hiroshige’s way of painting gradation and shade. Why not compare the two paintings?
By the soup shop Choji-ya, there is a remain of old Japanese inn.
For More Information on Mariko Juku
Address of Choji-ya: 10-10 Maruko 7-chome, Suruga-ku, Shizuoka City
Opening Hrs: 11am – 7pm (closed on every Thursday and on last Wednesday of the month)