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Katsushika Hokusai, 'Ejiri in Suruga Province' (Sunshū Ejiri), a colour woodblock print

1831/1831

British Museum

British Museum

Ejiri was a post-station on the Tōkaidō Highway on the west side of Suruga Bay, near modern Shimizu City. This was close to the famous beauty spot of Miho-no-Matsubara. This view depicts a much more prosaic location, a path that snakes through a marsh.

The silhouette of Mt Fuji is drawn with a single line, providing a backdrop for the figures and trees battling the wind in the foreground. Bending their bodies and clutching at scarves and hats, all turn their faces away from us - as if we were the source of the blast that carries off the tissues that had been tucked into the woman's kimono. The tissues flit skyward, accompanied by dancing leaves and an escaped hat. The porter who has lost his hat gesticulates in surprise, a circle of padding left forlorn on his head.

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  • Title: Katsushika Hokusai, 'Ejiri in Suruga Province' (Sunshū Ejiri), a colour woodblock print
  • Date Created: 1831/1831
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 25.70cm (image); Width: 38.10cm (image)
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: woodblock
  • Subject: landscape
  • Registration number: 1907,0531,0.545
  • Production place: Published in Edo
  • Producer: Print artist Katsushika Hokusai. Published by Nishimuraya Yohachi
  • Period/culture: Edo Period
  • Material: paper
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Tuke, S

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