Art on Tuesday: Plum Garden

This woodblock print shows the ‘Plum Garden in Kamata’ 蒲田の梅園 (Kamata no Umezono) otherwise called ‘Umeyashiki Park’ in Kamata. It is designed by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) as part of the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo in 1857 (picture no. 27, spring).
The ukiyo-e shows a wide plum garden in the south of Ômori. You see several plum trees in blooming. Some tea houses are surrounded by visitors. On the right there is a palanquin with a blue cushion used for travelling.

Art on Tuesday: Dawn at Isawa

woodblock print by Hokusai -Dawn at Isawa
This ukiyo-e is from the series ‘Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji’ 富嶽三十六景 by Hokusai (1760-1849).
The series was made in the early 1830s. This is picture No. 43 with the title ‘Dawn at Isawa in the Kai Province’ (甲州伊沢暁—kôshû isawa no akatsuki). The Kai province is located in today’s Yamanashi prefecture of Japan. Here you see typical historical Japanese houses with thatched roofs. On the middle road groups of merchants are transporting commercial goods, some on horses. They are carrying items like rice, food and various products in wooden boxes or in bundles.

Art on Tuesday: Sumida River

woodblock print Sumida River at the Massaki district by Utagawa Hiroshige

Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川 広重 (1797-1858) made this woodblock print as part of his series: ‘One Hundred Famous Views of Edo’ (名所江戸百景 Meisho Edo Hyakkei). It is picture No. 35.

You see a cherry tree trunk on the right side in full bloom with many cherry blossoms hanging at the top. The Sujin Shrine is located in the valley on the right in a little forest. The Sumida River at the Massaki district is in the center and in the background you see the famous Mount Tsukuba (筑波山). The mountain’s double peak consists of the so called female-body-mountain (女体山) and the male-body-mountain (男体山). Some of the oldest legends are related to them.

Art On Tuesday: The Golden Pavillon in Kyôto

woodblockprint Kinkakuji Hasegawa Sadanobu I

This ukiyo-e shows a snow scene with the famous Kinkaku-ji 金閣寺, the Golden Pavillon in Kyôto. The picture was made by Hasegawa Sadanobu I (1809-1879) around 1870. The temple was build in the 14th century, and it is located in the northwest of the former capital. In the background you see the mountains. On the right side is the beautiful Kyōkochi lake 鏡湖池 which mirrors the Golden Pavillon. The temple was rebuild several times. In 1950, it was set on fire by a novice monk and reconstructed. Today Kinkaku-ji belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage.