Expression of water, which Hokusai pursued Katsushika Hokusai Tour of Waterfalls in Various Province (a set of 8 works)

Culmination of water expression by Hokusai

“A Tour of Waterfalls in Various Provinces” by Katsushika Hokusai is a series that was produced immediately after his spectacular bestseller series “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji" and released by the same publisher, Nishimura Eijudo.

Throughout his life, Hokusai continued his pursuit of depicting everything in the universe and was particularly passionate about the expression of "water" and "waves." Even after producing the masterpiece "The Great Wave off Kanagawa," he continued to explore new ways of expressing "water" with “A Tour of Waterfalls in Various Provinces.” In this series, he focused on capturing the ever-changing forms of water, and depicted eight famous waterfalls all over Japan with innovative ideas and striking expressiveness.
It is a series that can be said to be the culmination of Hokusai's expression of "water."

Incredible expression created by innovative ideas

Hokusai studied painting techniques in Japan and abroad and aspired to paint everything under the sun. In this series, "Kirifuri Waterfall at Mt. Kurokami in Shimotsuke Province" is dynamically depicted with bold outlines, while in "The Amida Falls in the Far Reaches of the Kisokaido Road," an ancient Japanese pattern called "Kanzemizu" is redesigned by Hokusai himself to express water that stays in the same spot. This pattern is included in "Album of New Format of Fine Patterns" which is the design book for the Kimono fabric's pattern designed by Hokusai.This series fluently expresses the object of "water" that changes its appearance from moment to moment and is highly evaluated worldwide as a masterpiece full of a novel and modern sensibility unlike any other.

kanzemizu

"Kanzemizu" in the kimono pattern book redesigned by Hokusai

kanzemizu

"Kanzemizu" Hokusai used in the work

Carving precisely following Hokusai's brushworks

The carver faithfully carves the water droplets and the pointillism of the rock surfaces with different shapes and thickness of lines. Hokusai's delicate portrayal of people is also an important factor in creating a sense of realism in the works. Skilled and advanced techniques are required everywhere, such as the delicate strands of hair of less than 1 mm.

Printing exactly matching colors Hokusai described

The flow of the waterfall is represented by dark indigo, light blue, and the ground color of the Japanese paper. If these color schemes are out of balance, the dynamics of the water flowing through the waterfall will be lost, so the printer pays particular attention to color adjustment. In addition, the advanced technique of the printer is used to create "Bokashi" gradated tones, which has the effect of making the work look more three-dimensional.

Comments from Adachi's customers

This is a series where you can enjoy the ultimate expression of water that Hokusai has arrived at. We have received wonderful comments from our customers such as the one below.
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I learned about the ukiyo-e prints by the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints at the exit sales of an exhibition. I was impressed by the vivid colors of the reproductions and purchased "The Lone Fisherman at Kajikazawa" from the series "Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji." After that, I was also interested in "A Tour of Waterfalls in Various Provinces” because I like waterfall scenes, and so I visited the showroom. After seeing the actual set, I was overwhelmed by Hokusai's depiction of water, which is expressed differently in every single piece. I definitely wanted to display the eight prints side by side, so I asked for the eight-piece set of "A Tour of Waterfalls" and custom-made frames that will allow me to display the prints side by side. I have displayed the set at the entrance of my home, and although I look at it every day, I am fascinated by its unchanging charm. It is also a wonderful conversation starter when we have guests.

Tour of Waterfalls in Various Province

Tour of Waterfalls in Various Province

  • 「Yoshitsune Uma-arai Waterfall in Yoshino, Izumi Province」

    「Yoshitsune Uma-arai Waterfall
    in Yoshino, Izumi Province」

  • 「Kirifuri Waterfall at Mt.Kurokami in Shimotsuke Province」

    「Kirifuri Waterfall at Mt.Kurokami
    in Shimotsuke Province」

  • 「Roben Waterfall at Mt. Oyama in Sagami Province」

    「Roben Waterfall at Mt. Oyama
    in Sagami Province」

  • 「Yoro Waterfall in Mino Province」

    「Yoro Waterfall in Mino Province」

  • 「Aoigaoka Waterfall in the Eastern Capital」

    「Aoigaoka Waterfall
    in the Eastern Capital」

  • 「Ono Waterfall on the Kisokaido」

    「Ono Waterfall on the Kisokaido」

  • 「The Amida Falls in the Far Reaches of the Kisokaido Road」

    「The Amida Falls in the Far Reaches
    of the Kisokaido Road」

  • 「Cave of Kiyotaki Kannon, Sakanoshita on Tokaido」

    「Cave of Kiyotaki Kannon,
    Sakanoshita on Tokaido」

One free frame

Tour of Waterfalls in Various Province (a set of 8 works)

Includes
・8 ukiyo-e prints
・Explanation in Japanese and English
・A case exclusively made for this set
・Adachi original frame for ukiyo-e
(Size:40.0 cm x 55.5 cm, Weight: 2.8kg)
Paper
Echizen Kizuki Hosho Washi made by Living National Treasure, Ichibei Iwano
Delivery
Usually shipped in 5 weeks upon the order

Price 100,000yen(Excluding Tax)

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