‘The back of Fuji from the Minobu River’ print, painted by Katsushika Hokusai

46.The back of Fuji from the Minobu

46. The back of Fuji from the Minobu River
  The road that the travelers and horses are walking run down to the Kuonji temple, the head temple of Nichiren sect. Some of them are likely to be on their way to the temple.   They are surrounded by rugged rocky mountains, and see the overlapping waves of the river on the left-side. The road the travelers are walking on is called Sunshu Oukan, which is almost the same route as today’s Route 52 between Kofu City in Yamanashi Prefecture and Shizuoka City in Shizuoka Prefecture. The droplets are drawn with the white small points and give a refreshing feeling for the screen of the ukiyo-e.   The whole impression of the woodblock print art is tense by the dark brown of Mt. Fuji, the deep blue of the mountain next to it, and the green of the trees tighten. It is a work that ukiyo-e artist Hokusai included the techniques that can be expressed in nishiki-e of wood print art.         Previous  
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