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Fuji (Lake Ashi) B

The actors Bandō Hikosaburō V as Ukiyo Tohai, Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Nozarashi Gosuke and Ichikawa Danzō VI as Rokuji Namuemon

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Fuji (Lake Ashi) B

by Sasajima Kihei, 1979

Sasajima Kihei (1906-1993)

IHL Cat. #1390

About This Print

Depicting Mount Fuji as seen from across Lake Ashi, this is one of at least 15 views of Mount Fuji created by Sasajima.  Sasajima used his takuzuri process, forcing damp paper into the grooves of a carved woodblock under pressure, to give this print a dynamic three-dimensional effect.  He has hand-applied black ink directly on the raised areas of the print.

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Lake Ashi and Mount Fuji
Source: http://whitemouse.ru/photo/travel_info.cfm?t=japan&f=fuji_hakone_history

Lake Ashi (Japanese: Ashinoko) was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano's last eruption 3000 years ago. Today, the lake with Mount Fuji in the background is the symbol of Hakone.

The best views of the lake in combination with Mount Fuji can be enjoyed from Moto-Hakone, from the Hakone Detached Palace Garden and from the sightseeing boats cruising the lake.

Note however, that clouds and poor visibility often block the view of Mount Fuji, and you have to consider yourself lucky if you get a clear view of the mountain. Visibility tends to be better during the colder seasons of the year than in summer, and in the early morning and late evening hours.

Two companies, Hakone Sightseeing Boats and Izuhakone Sightseeing Boats, operate boats between Moto-Hakone and Hakonemachi at the lake's southern shores and Togendai and Kojiri at the northern shores.

A boat cruise from one end of the lake to the other takes roughly 30 minutes and costs 970 Yen. The Hakone Free Pass is valid on the pirate ship shaped Hakone Sightseeing Boats but not on boats operated by Izuhakone.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1390
 Title Fuji (Lake Ashi) B
 富士 (芦ノ湖) B [Fuji (Ashi no ko) B]

 Sasajima Kihei (1906-1993)
 K. Sasajima in pencil by artist
 Seal of the Artist
笹 (artist's "sasa" seal)
 Publication Date
 1979 (10 of 50)
 the artist 
 Carver self-carved
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - mounted along the top margin to its original backing sheet
 Genre sosaku hanga
 H x W Paper 19 7/8 x 19 3/4 in. (50.5 x 50.2 cm)
 H x W Image 17 3/4 x 17 7/8 in. (45.1 x 45.4 cm)
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