Edo prints

  Design: Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)  
  Title: Ono waterfall on the Kisokaidō road  
  Series title: Going the rounds of the waterfalls in all provinces  
  Size: 38.0 x 25.8 cm (ōban)  
  Posthumous printing from newly cut woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Hokusai Ono waterfall on the Kisokaido road


Originally published around 1832 by publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi, whose firm name was Eijūdō (永寿堂). This is a later edition from newly cut blocks from the mid-20th century published by Adachi.

Artist’s signature in top right area of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
zen before  
hoku north  
sai room Drawn by
i change Iitsu,
itsu one formerly known
hitsu writing brush as Hokusai

Red round censorship seal reading kiwame (‘approved’) and square Eijūdō seal of the original publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi in lower right of the print.

Series and print title in white cartouche in top right of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
sho all  
koku provinces  
taki waterfall Going the round
megu go around of the waterfalls
ri   in all provinces
ki wood  
so once  
kai sea  
o small  
no field  
no ’s  
baku waterfall Ono waterfall on
fu spread the Kisokaidō road

Ono waterfall, with a fall of some nine meters, is a tributary of the Kiso river and was to be found near the village of Kagematsu, the 39th station of the Kisokaidō road. Hokusai had already included a double-page view of Ono waterfall in volume 7 of his Manga which, although taken from a slightly different viewpoint, is similar to this view, except that only one traveller is represented.

For more information on the Kisokaidō road see Serge Astière’s website completely dedicated to this important Japanese road here.


Provenance: Peter Belsito’s belsipe store on eBay.

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