‘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 work in the salt pan.   Even from the rolling waves, the people on board the ship seems to be hard to row the oar.           Previous   Next           Back to the gallery of “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji”

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 where dust flies up is brown and hazy.   It seems that we can hear the grass in the wind making a sound.      Ejiri, Suruga Province  was the of an ancient country and it located  current Ejiri-cho, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka Prefecture.     Reprint of Ejiri in Suruga Province   Limited Stock!   Previous   Next   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 intended to follow the trend of Shinto sect dedicated to the worship of Mt. Fuji   The pilgrims climbing the mountain path with the canes, sitting down as exhausted, and resting in the cave are depicted. Previous   Next           Back to the gallery of “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji”

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 artist Katsushika Hokusai(1760-1849) drew the ukiyo-e woodblock printing of an early morning moment filled with energy by making colors and composition very simple.   He also created the dense and dark atmosphere of  the sea of trees on Mt. Fuji by drawing trees in minute detail.   The clouds, remainingl snow, blurring are accented against the whole of Read more about Katsushika Hokusai’s Fine Wind, Clear Morning (Red Fuji prints)[…]

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 the snow still remains, but the skirts of the mountain are covered with black clouds and the lightning is falling.   The upper side and the lower side of the screen are contrasted with stillness and motion.The height of the viewpoint expresses the magnificence of Mount Fuji.         Previous   Next       Read more about Japanese woodblock print, ‘Rainstorm Beneath the Summit’ by Katsushika Hokusai[…]

‘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 the right side of Mt. Fuji are dyed in orange. From the appearance that people carry their gather, it can be seen that it is a woodblock printing of the dusk.   Everyone, including the egrets flying over the rice field, is on the way home. It’s a relaxing time that the day is about to end.         Previous   Next Read more about ‘Ōno Shinden in the Suruga Province’ art print by Katsushika Hokusai[…]

Japanese woodblock print, The Tea plantation of Katakura in Suruga Province

30.The Tea plantation of Katakura in Suruga Province     Suruga untile Edo Period is Shizuoka Prefecture now, and is famous for the green tea production place in Japan as well as today.   The bright yellow tea garden continues from the front for the far distance, and Mt Fuji. has much of the remaning snow.   It is a ukiyo-e woodblock printing depicting the appearance of people working in the tea garden, including women picking tea leaves side by side and men carrying tea leaves in the buckets or pulling the horse.       Previous   Next           Back to the gallery of “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji”

Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock print, ‘Mishima Pass in Kai Province’

29.Mishima Pass in Kai Province     Mishima Pass is thought to be around the present Kagosaka Pass. The huge tree penetrates the screen of the woodblock printing, and Mt. Fuji stretches its ridge over there.    Some of the travelers are walking or resting, and others are experiencing the size of the big tree’s trunk by holding hands. The rugged tree’s skin also expresses its old age.   Mt. Fuji put on the solid mass of clouds on the heads and skirts. And what is more characteristic than anything is that it effectively used the gradation of three colors.   Reprint of Mishima Pass in Kai Province     Previous   Next       Read more about Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock print, ‘Mishima Pass in Kai Province’[…]

Japanese woodblock art, ‘The lake of Hakone in Sagami Province’ by Katsushika Hokusai

28.The lake of Hakone in Sagami Province     One of the ukiyo-e art series “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” by Katsushika Hokusai. Sagami Proveince was the name in the ancient times and it located today’s Kanagawa Prefecture.   The lake of Hakone, Ashinoko Lake has no ripple on the surface. The thick forest and the trailing haze are around the lake.   Mt. Komagatake is on the opposite side of Mt. Fuji and has a calm figure. It is a quiet and solemnity ukiyo-e printing without a person or animal.   In contrast to , Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)  boldly expressed the steep pass of Hakone in “Fifty-Three Stages on the Tokaido”.         Read more about Japanese woodblock art, ‘The lake of Hakone in Sagami Province’ by Katsushika Hokusai[…]

‘Umezawa in Sagami Province’ art painting by Katsushika Hokusai

27.Umezawa in Sagami Province     Umezawa was the place at the skirts of Mt. Fuji. In the landscape picture, only the five birds was added to set off the whole image. Sagami Province located on today’s Kanagawa Prefecture.   Blue Mt. Fuji and the red-crowned cranes, the mist hangs over. The pale pink of the mist represents it is the moment before the daybreak.   Japanese people think both of Mt. Fuji and a crane bring good fortune. So the Hokusai‘s  ukiyo-e is a happy woodblock printing.        Preprent of Umezawa in Sagami Province     Previous   Next         Back to the gallery of “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji”

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