Eclectic Blogging: The art of Hiroshige

The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido

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The Australia Japanese Society had their display and library in Chifley tower when I was working there, and one month they displayed the 53+2 prints. I had planned, hoped to make the trip from Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto by bicycle back then, but the hope has been dashed by age. Later I saw some of them on display in Ueno. The above scene is from Hakone, which I visited with my daughter a few years ago, but no such dramatic scenes, everything shrouded in cloud and mist with the smell of sulphur ever-present. It seems you need very good luck to get a clear view of My Fuji.

Vincent van Gogh was clearly influenced by Hiroshige (and other contemporary Japanese artists) as stated in this Wiki article:

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