Katsushika Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai’s art, ‘Fuji View Field in Owari Province’

40.Fuji View Field in Owari Province   The place, Fujimihara, was located on the outskirts of Nagoya-shi, Aichi prefecture, and known as a scenic spot where there are red light districts and samurai’s residences.   Many craftsmen appear in the series of “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji”, but the ukiyo-e woodblock printing of this craftsman is said to …

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Katsushika Hokusai’s artwork, ‘Yoshida at Tōkaidō’

39.Yoshida at Tōkaidō       Yoshida flourished as a castle town in Toyohashi-shi, Aichi Prefecture. The shop depicted in the Japanese woodblock printing is a tea house, “不二見茶屋”(The viewing Mt. Fuji tea house, the signboard of the center). The travelers are getting rid of their tiredness and enjoying the view.   On the large and small …

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Katsushika Hokusai’s picture, ‘Mount Fuji from the Mountains of Tōtōmi’

38.Mount Fuji from the Mountains of Tōtōmi   Tōtōmi was the old name of Shizuoka Province. The craftsmen are sawing the timber with many times the height of a person.   Katsushika Hokusai placed the timber on the diagonal of the screen and created similar triangles with the wood and props. It created a unique geometric pattern.   The …

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Hokusai’s ukiyo-e, 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 …

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‘Shore of Tago Bay, Ejiri at Tōkaidō’, Katsushika Hokusai’s Mt. Fuji art

35.Shore of Tago Bay, Ejiri at Tōkaidō   Tago Bay is famous as a place where Mt. Fuji looks beautiful from the ancient time and has been written in waka and haiku, including Man’yoshu. White‐spotted Mt. Fuji spreads the grand skirt under the clear blue sky. Those who on the beach between the mountain and the ocean are the people …

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Ejiri in Suruga Province by Katsushika Hokusai

35.Ejiri in Suruga Province     It is a famous artwork that the British photographer Jeff Wall was influenced by the woodblock printing and made the work of ‘A Sudden Gust of Wind'(1993).   This picture captures the moment when a tremendous gust is blowing. The papers and woven hat are blown off and away by the wind. The sky …

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‘Climbing on Fuji’ by famous Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai

34.Climbing on Fuji     It is a ukiyo-e print depicting the people climbing the mountain, not in a distant view as other artworks of the series.   “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” is now a famous landscape painting with the theme of Mt. Fuji. But when the pictures were sold in Edo Period, the publisher Nishimura-ya Yohachi …

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Katsushika Hokusai’s Fine Wind, Clear Morning (Red Fuji prints)

33.Fine Wind, Clear Morning   ‘Fine Wind, Clear Morning’ (Gaifu kaisei, Red Fuji) is the famous Japanese painting as the work of big wave art ‘The Great Wave Off Kanagagawa’ in “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji“. Against the background of the summer or autumn mackerel sky, the surface of Mt. Fuji is flushed by the morning sun.   The ukiyo-e …

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Japanese woodblock print, ‘Rainstorm Beneath the Summit’ by Katsushika Hokusai

32.Rainstorm Beneath the Summit       Whereas the Mt. Fuji art print ‘South Wind, Clear Sky’ is called Red Fuji, ‘Rainstorm Beneath the Summit'(Sanka Hakuu) is called Brack Fuji. As the Red Fuji, Brack Fuji is also one of the famous Japanese prints.   The white clouds and blue sky spread near the summit of Mt. Fuji where …

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‘Ōno Shinden in the Suruga Province’ art print by Katsushika Hokusai

31.Ōno Shinden in the Suruga Province     Ōno Shinden was the newly developed rice field in Edo Period at the current Yoshiwara-shi.    It is a bundle of common reed that the cow with good physique carries heavily. In front of the row, there are the two farm women who shoulder the harvested vegetables like small mountains.   The clouds on …

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