Mt. Fuji glass cup and other Fuji designed Edo kiriko glassware

The combination of the Japanese traditional  glass and symbolic mountain     Since the birth of the Edo glass , the craftsmen had invented a variety of the patterns and form for the cut glass. It developed as the Edo-kiriko cut glass (it was 1800’s in Edo).   See the patterns of the Edo-kiriko drinking wares   Though the traditional cut glass was regarded as an old‐fashioned thing one time, the craftsmen cooperated with the designers and have created the newly designed products. The Edo-kiriko with the appearance of Mt. Fuji is one of those.    Curious to say, the beautiful and symbolic mountain hadn’t shown up the world of the Edo Read more about Mt. Fuji glass cup and other Fuji designed Edo kiriko glassware[…]

Katsushika Hokusai’s dragon and fuji scroll painting

The meaning of 「富士越龍図」(Dragon over Mt. Fuji)     Hokusai’s later years artwork The great painter and woodblock printmaker Katsushika Hokusai died April 18th, 1849. He was 90 years old at the time. According to the record,      翁 死に臨み大息し 天我をして十年の命を長らわしめば といい 暫くして更に言いて曰く 天我をして五年の命を保たしめば 真正の画工となるを得(う)べし と言吃りて死す   ‘On his deathbed, he breathed deeply and said “If the heaven let me live ten more years…”, then continued after a while “If the heaven let me preserve my life five more years, I could become a real artist.”‘       Dragon and Mt. Fuji Hokusai drew “Dragon over Mt. Fuji” in the same year when he died. The painting is Read more about Katsushika Hokusai’s dragon and fuji scroll painting[…]

Katsushika Hokusai’s 36 views of Mt.Fuji all prints and for sale

Katsushika Hokusai’s most famous prints series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), who was one of the most active ukiyo-e artists in Edo Period, accomplished the Mt.Fuji arts series of “Fugaku Sanjurokkei”(Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji) in early 18th century.      Viewing one by one, you should not get boared with them by his color usage and composition. Please click if you want to learn about the description of the woodblock printings   Click the images to read the discriptions!        Though nobody knows the exact production period, it seemed Katsushika Hokusai made the Mt. Fuji arts series from 1823 to 1831. And Nishimura-ya Yohachi pulbished the famous landscape woodblock printings.   Hokusai was already over Read more about Katsushika Hokusai’s 36 views of Mt.Fuji all prints and for sale[…]