Scenes from Busan to Edo
As members of the envoy, one of the duties of the staff painters was to paint the scenery along the route to Edo. Not only did these paintings convey an appreciation of the landscape, they also supplied the Joseon court with visual information about foreign territories. In this album, Lee Seongnin, the official attending court painter for the 1748 envoy, depicts memorable scenes from his voyage from Busan to Edo. Lee identifies each of the thirty scenes by a geographic name on written on the right side and includes local details such as weather conditions, seasonal changes and local customs.
Painting of 30 Scenic Sites on the Journey of the Royal Envoy to Japan (槎路勝區圖)
Lee Seongnin (李聖麟), Joseon dynasty, 35.3x67.5cm, National Museum of Korea ⓒNational Museum of Korea
This work consists of fifteen double-sided album leaves mounted on two handscrolls.
The first section of the album is comprised of landscape scenes while the second section includes colorful representations of local customs.
All thirty scenes depict characteristics of the local region, immersing the viewer in the experience of travelling through a foreign land.
: Scenes primarily related to the sea route
Busan (釜山)February 16, 1748 Busan, the port of departure for the envoy
in the Mujin Year (1748)
Seizanji Temple of Tsushima (對馬州西山寺)February 24, 1748 Seizanji, a stop-over point for the envoy
Akamagaseki (赤間關)April 5, 1748
Kaminoseki (上關)April 8, 1748
Tsuwaji (津和) April 10, 1748
Bandai-ji Temple (盤臺寺)April 15, 1748
Night at Hibi (日比)April 16, 1748 A scene depicting a stay-over in the port area of Hibi due to a stormy weather
Ushimado (牛窓)April 17, 1748
: Scenes primarily related to the land route
Entering Osaka Castle at Night (夜入大坂城)April 21, 1748
View of the south from the envoy accommodations, Osaka Castle (大坂城館所南望)April 23, 1748
Yodoura (淀浦)May 2, 1748 A water wagon
The North Garden of Honchōji Temple of Saikyō (西京本長寺北園)May 3, 1748 Description of the garden in the envoy accommodations
Seta-no-Karahashi Bridge (琵琶湖勢多橋)May 4, 1748
Pontoon bridge (越川舟橋)May 7, 1748
Imagiregawa (金絶河)May 11, 1748
Crossing over a Bridge (高琢澤十里茭荷)May 11, 1748
Crossing across Oigawa (涉大定川)May 15, 1748
Seikenji (清見寺)May 17, 1748
View of Snowfall on Mount Fuji from the envoy accommodations at Oshihara, on the 17th of the sixth month on the Lunar Calendar(吉原館六月十七日望見富士山雪)May 17, 1748
Entering the City of Edo (入江戸)May 21, 1748
Viewing a big lake at Hakonemi’ne(箱根嶺上館臨大澤)May 18, 1748
The Kanpaku's Banquet (關自讌享)June 1, 1748
* The two screens - Entering the City of Edo (入江戸) and Viewing a big lake at Hakonemi’ne (箱根嶺上館臨大澤) - are preserved in a switched order.