This Tokaido scroll set was hand-painted in an edition of approximately 250-300 copies by 18 members of the Tokyo Manga Association. The images are based on a trip probably made in 1920-1921 and the paintings must have been finished soon after.
The artists involved include some famous names: Mizushima Nihou, Kondô Koichiro, Sempan and Un’ichi, among others. For Princeton University Library, it is significant that Okamoto Ippei (1886-1948) was involved because we know that Albert Einstein met him in 1922 and admired his work enough to purchase his book. The artist reciprocated by drawing a portrait of Einstein inside the volume (See: Ando Hiroshige’s Fifty-Three Stations on the Tokaido (1852). GAX Oversize 2009-0496Q).
For more information on the many prints, drawings, and books about the Tokaido Road, see the Princeton University Art Museum exhibition: