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
- Sundai, Edo
- Cusion Pine at Aoyama
- Senju, Musashi Province
- Inume Pass, Kooshuu
- Fuji View Field in Owari Province
- Ejiri in Surugara Province (my personal favorite!!!)