Past Exhibitions

Images of Mt. Fuji
January 17, 2017 - February 19, 2017

Mt. Fuji is one of the most frequently depicted subjects in Japanese art. It was already viewed as a symbol of Japan in the time of the Man'yōshū (an 8th-century poetry anthology). As both an object of faith and a place of stunning natural beauty, artists have continued to depict Fuji to this day. Particularly during the Edo period (1615–1868)—when there was an increase in the number of Mt. Fuji climbers with the development of a transport network including the Tōkaidō Road, as well as widespread reverence for the mountain among the general public—an enormous number of Mt. Fuji paintings were produced. These works were richly varied, ranging from idealized depictions of the mountain as an iconic landmark to highly realistic paintings based on actual observation. Mt. Fuji is not visible from Kyoto, but we hope you will enjoy these representations of the mountain to the fullest. A very happy New Year to all!

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