The back of Fuji from the Minobu River by Katsushika Hokusai

46.The back of Fuji from the Minobu       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 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 Read more about The back of Fuji from the Minobu River by Katsushika Hokusai[…]

Katsushika Hokusai’s art, ‘Kajikazawa in Kai Province’

45.Kajikazawa in Kai Province       At first glance, it seems that the raging waves of the sea are striking on the shore. But Kai Province, the current place of Yamanashi Prefecture, is inland.    Fuji River in the picture, the two rivers(Kamanashi River and Fuefuki River) join together shortly before this point, and a large quantity of water current stream.   The fishermen standing on the rock is absolutely still, whereas water beats against rocks and bubbles express energy. It’s really contrastive opposite ukiyo-e print.   Both the ridgeline of Mt. Fuji, and the rock and fishing line, create triangles and become a geometric pattern.   It receives a high reputation abroad, but originally Read more about Katsushika Hokusai’s art, ‘Kajikazawa in Kai Province’[…]

Katsushika Hokusai’s art print ‘Lake Suwa in Shinano Province’

44.Lake Suwa in Shinano Province     In the first edition, it was a woodblock printing of a single indigo color. But every time running into several editions, green and light scarlet was added. Hereby the picture became an emotional landscape of the evening.   There is a rocky place where the shrine and two Japanese pine stands in front of the image, and the outlines of Lake Suwa are drawn in parallel with it. It is a ukiyo-e artwork skillfully used the perspective technique.   In front of Mt. Fuji which is small but clearly visible, Takamatsu Castle pushes out into the lake.         Previous   Next     Back to the gallery of “Thirty-Six Views of Read more about Katsushika Hokusai’s art print ‘Lake Suwa in Shinano Province’[…]

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.   The skirt of Mt. Fuji, forests, bridge are in dark tones, and this Edo ukiyo-e print represents the moment of the day’s start.         Previous   Next     Back to the gellery of “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji”

‘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 all, in fact, it is not the top of the pass, but the lakeside where Mt. Fuji can be seen on the of the lake. He merged the view from the pass and the scenery of Mt. Fuji on Lake Kawaguchi into an image.   Next, the location of the mountain on the surface 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 walking the hill and on the sharp, the large mountain looking down them, the majesty of nature is expressed.   And the clouds formed by leaving behind printed tell us that there is a distance between people and Mt. Fuji.   It is a peaceful woodblock print that produces an atmosphere the time and breeze seem to flow slowly.         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 to be a masterpiece among them. Mt.Fuji is contained in the space of the geometric pattern that Katsushika Hokusai(1760-1849) specialized for his artworks.   It is a big tub that cuts the screen decisively. This craftsman cuts the surface of the woods and shapes them. We can see his seriousness for his job from the expression.       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 signboard on the right, the letters of “御茶津希”(rice with green tea poured) and “根元吉田ほくち”(the specialty of the district, angle brace dish)   Apparently, the woman in the middle seems to be a person in the shop, explaining the scenery to the two women on the way of the trip.   The two-half naked men on the left 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.   The smoke rising from the ground to the blue sky was realized by carving the woodcut finely with lines and also using blur. And Mt. Fuji is placed in the space that the structures create.         Previous   Next         Back to the gallery of “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji”

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