Hokusai’s ukiyo-e, The Fuji from Kanaya on the Tōkaidō

(Last Updated On: 19/09/2018)

37.The Fuji from Kanaya on the Tōkaidō

 

37. The Fuji from Kanaya on the Tōkaidō

 

Kanaya was the current Shimada-shi, Shizuoka prefecture, and the ferry landing to cross the Ooi River. Because of the defensive reasons for the Edo shogunate, they didn’t build a bridge over the river.

 

 

The Ooi river was famous for its large amount of water and difficult to cross. And this painting also depicts the water is surging for the people carrying the luggage or the persons as a big wave.

 

Beyond the bank, there are cherry blossoms blooming, so it is a ukiyo-e of early spring.

 

There is a family crest of the publisher Nishimura-ya  in a wrapping cloth of the traveler and also, the letters of”永” and “寿” are written on the flag near the building and the luggage. The shop name of Nishimura-ya was”永寿堂”(Eijudo).


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