Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
Tago Bay near Ejiri on the Tōkaidō Road (Tōkaidō Ejiri Tago no ura ryakuzu), from the series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei), ca. 1830-31
Color woodblock print
10 1/16 x 14 3/4 inches (25.6 x 37.5 cm)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White Collection, 1967
In Hokusai’s most famous series, Mount Fuji is the starting point for imaginative compositions and endless variations on a theme. Beneath the famed peak, fishermen pull their nets from Tago Bay, a celebrated famous place associated with Mount Fuji’s snow-covered peak since the eighth century.
The image of the mountain dappled with snow, a frequent image in Japanese poetry and painting, is connected visually to mundane contemporary life, its sloping shape echoed in the forms of the fishing boats.