Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock print The Great Wave off Kanagawa is one of the most famous (if not the most famous) works of Japanese art in existence. However, many are unaware that the piece is actually part of a larger set.
Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji is Hokusai’s exploration of Fuji and the context around it. Every piece depicts Mount Fuji from a different place within Japan. In The Great Wave, Fuji can be seen in the distance just underneath where the wave is about to crash down. Every piece reveals a little piece of life in Japan - a little piece of Japanese history. Originally, only thirty-six (36) prints were created, but due to their popularity another ten were later added, bringing the total number of prints up to forty-six (46).
The first ten images of the series are above. In order, they are titled:
The Great Wave off Kanagawa
South Wind, Clear Sky (also known as Red Fuji)
Rainstorm Beneath the Summit
Under Mannen Bridge at Fukagawa
Cusion Pine at Aoyama
Senju, Musashi Province
Inume Pass, Kooshuu
Fuji View Field in Owari Province
Ejiri in Surugara Province (my personal favorite!!!)
Mt.Fuji with Orion by peaceful-jp-scenery (busy) Via Flickr: Mt.Fuji @ Asagiri Highland
The location is west of Mt.Fuji.
Mt.Fuji and Orion could be seen, but it was in the darkness.
Fujinomiya city, Shizuoka pref, Japan
Kakegawajou castle and cherry blossoms (2) by peaceful-jp-scenery Via Flickr: Kakegawa-zakura
The pink trees can be seen riverside of Sakagawa River.
Kakegawa city, Shizuoka pref, Japan
autumn valley by peaceful-jp-scenery (busy) Via Flickr: Nikko, Kirifuri Highland
Autumn colors can be enjoyed from bridge here,
but it was foggy…
Nikko city, Tochigi pref, Japan