Katsushika Hoklusai’s artworks ‘Dawn at Isawa in Kai Province’

43.Dawn at Isawa in Kai Province     Isawa is a place famous as a sightseeing spot of hot springs today, originally developed as a postal station on the Koshu Highway.   There are people who are preparing for the trip and about to depart from the station under the slightly reddish sky of the dawn.   Read more about Katsushika Hoklusai’s artworks ‘Dawn at Isawa in Kai Province’[…]

‘Mount Fuji reflects in Lake Kawaguchi’ by Katsushika Hokusai

42.Mount Fuji reflects in Lake Kawaguchi, seen from the Misaka Pass in Kai Province     Mt. Fuji drawn from the north side looks more precipitous than any other prints in the Japanese woodcut print series of “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji”.   Katsushika Hokusai(1760-1849) provided the original ideas to this quiet and silent ukiyo-e art.   First of Read more about ‘Mount Fuji reflects in Lake Kawaguchi’ by Katsushika Hokusai[…]

Katsushika Hokusai’s art, Inume Pass, Kōshū

41.Inume Pass, Kōshū       There was a post-town on the pass, and it was located on the Koshu Highway between the current Uenohara-shi and Otsuki-shi Yamanashi prefecture.   The ukiyo-e artwork shows that the color of light vegetation is the early summer season, and the travelers walk ahead of massive Mt. Fuji.By the small persons and horses Read more about Katsushika Hokusai’s art, Inume Pass, Kōshū[…]

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 Read more about Katsushika Hokusai’s art, ‘Fuji View Field in Owari Province’[…]

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 Read more about Katsushika Hokusai’s artwork, ‘Yoshida at Tōkaidō’[…]

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.   Read more about Katsushika Hokusai’s picture, ‘Mount Fuji from the Mountains of Tōtōmi’[…]

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 Read more about Hokusai’s ukiyo-e, The Fuji from Kanaya on the Tōkaidō[…]

‘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 Read more about ‘Shore of Tago Bay, Ejiri at Tōkaidō’, Katsushika Hokusai’s Mt. Fuji art[…]

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 Read more about Ejiri in Suruga Province by Katsushika Hokusai[…]

‘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 Read more about ‘Climbing on Fuji’ by famous Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai[…]