Mishima Pass, Mount Fuji, and the Towering Cypress, by Katsushika Hokusai

冨嶽三十六景 甲州三島越

Fuji San, by Katsushika Hokusai, Japan, ca. 1830–32. © Metropolitan Museum of Art
Mishima Pass is in a mountainous area to the north of Mount Fuji, near the border of the former provinces of Kai and Suruga. A towering cypress is embraced by travellers who express their exuberance and triumph at reaching the ancient tree. Even Mount Fuji in the distance is dwarfed by the monumental tree. The contrast of the small human figures and the giant natural forms reveals Hokusai’s empathy with the travellers.

Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1760–1849) ca. 1830–32

With thanks to © Metropolitan Museum of Art




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5 replies

  1. Does anyone know if that tree is still there? I did some searching but couldn’t find anything…

  2. Informative post.


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