Saturday 4 June 2016

panorama or pictures of the floating world

Via the always extraordinary Nag on the Lake, we are treated to a modern day homage of the iconic series known as Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji by ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai with the comprehensive illustrations of Shinji Tsuchimochi of his home town, Tokyo. Though not quite the multi-year endeavour of Hokusai (beginning in 1826 and taking seven years to complete), Tsuchimochi’s project, the Hundred Views, has taken three years and captures the spirit of the genre—which roughly translates to “pictures of the floating world”—with some whimsical details and cultural touchstones.