Height: 259.000 mm
Width: 382.000 mm
Bequeathed by Charles Shannon, RA
Asia JA 1907.5-31.0545
Katsushika Hokusai, 'Ejiri in Suruga Province' (Sunshū Ejiri), a colour woodblock print
Japan, AD 1830-33
From the series ‘Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji' (Fugaku sanjū-rokkei)
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.
T. Clark, 100 views of Mount Fuji (London, The British Museum Press, 2001)