- Museum number
Object: Koshu Kajikazawa 甲州石班澤 (Kajikazawa in Kai Province)
Series: Fugaku sanjurokkei 冨嶽三十六景 (Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji)
Colour woodblock oban print. Fisherman casting lines into fast-flowing Fuji River at Kajikazawa; beside him small boy with basket seated on rock; peak of Mt. Fuji above clouds. 1 of 2 impressions. Inscribed, signed and sealed.
- Production date
Height: 26.10 centimetres
Width: 38.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Clark 2001
The rolling waves give the impression of the sea, but the fisherman in fact casts his lines (attached to a net or to cormorants?) into the fast-flowing Fuji River at Kajikazawa, at the north-west base of Mt Fuji, just below where the Kamanashi and Fuefuki Rivers combine. Beside him on the rock sits a small boy with a basket for the fish. Above the clouds is just the peak of Fuji, the lines of its slopes like more fishing lines. Precariously, man attempts to exploit nature.
The earliest all-blue printings vary considerably in the density of their colouring and the amount of gradation visible across the foreground waves. The gradation on the summit of Fuji, too, varies from a narrow sliver down the right slope (Forrer 1991, no. 16) to a wide band that entirely fills the lines of the peak (White 1998, no. 20). The outlines on the British Museum impression, which seems somewhat later, appear almost black in reproduction, but are in fact very dark blue. The margin on the right is quite full. Yet later printings, represented by another, inferior impression in the Museum collection (1907.3-22.03), have dark green wiped to lime green on the foreground rocks, and add brown to the robes of the figures and a narrow pink band near the top of the sky. They are missing the seals in the bottom right corner.
'Ukiyo-e taikei, vol. 13: Fugaku sanju-rokkei', Tokyo, Shueisha, 1975 (text by Kobayashi Tadashi), no. 15.
'Meihin soroimono ukiyo-e, vol. 8: Hokusai I', Tokyo, Gyosei, 1991 (text by Nagata Seiji), no. 45.
Julia White, 'et al.', 'Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection, Honolulu Academy of Arts', Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 1998 (commentaries by Yoko Woodson), no. 20.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2001, 11 May-29 Jul, BM Japanese Galleries, '100 Views of Mount Fuji'
- Acquisition date
- Registration number