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The high viewpoint in this print enables Hiroshige to emphasise the great height of Mount Fuji. Fuji, the sacred mountain, had long been a favourite subject for poets and painters and there was great public interest in Mount Fuji during the mid-1800s, when Hiroshige was working on this series. It is interesting to note that there is no reflection of the mountain in Lake Motosu below.

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    The high viewpoint enables the artist to emphasise the height of the mountain, which he clearly found important (see. No. 20) [EAX.4270]. Notice the total lack of reflection of the mountain in Lake Motosu. Motosu is one of the famous Fuji Five Lakes, a celebrated tourist attraction.

    In: Impey, Oliver, Hiroshige's Views of Mount Fuji: A Selection of Woodblock Print Views of Mount Fuji, Including Examples from the Series 'The Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji', of 1858-9, by Hiroshige, 1797-1858 (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2001)

Further reading

Impey, Oliver, Hiroshige's Views of Mount Fuji: A Selection of Woodblock Print Views of Mount Fuji, Including Examples from the Series 'The Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji', of 1858-9, by Hiroshige, 1797-1858 (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2001), no. 8 on p. 11, illus. p. 21 pl. 8

Pollard, Clare, Mitsuko Ito Watanabe, Landscape, Cityscape: Hiroshige Woodblock Prints in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2014), no. 51, illus. p. 153

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