Take a look at this postcard from Japan! Ah, one of my favorite forms of art – ukiyo-e! I’m sure many of you have seen this type of art before. About a half a year ago, I talked about woodblock printing in China (https://apostcardforyou.com/2019/12/a-prince-of-prints/), and that same concept is applied to ukiyo-e art. This piece here is titled “Mt. Fuji on a Fine Day” (side note: every day is a fine day to view Mt. Fuji XD), by Katsushika Hokusai. Hokusai, a Japanese artist and printmaker of the mid-1700s/1800s, is probably one of the most famous names to exist in the profession. He’s best known for his “36 Views of Mt. Fuji” series, which includes this work as well as “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa”. I’m sure many people have seen that one before even if they didn’t know the name of it (like me!) Hokusai had quite the affinity for Mt. Fuji, and part of that was due to the belief that it was the source of immortality, a belief that stemmed from the oldest known Japanese lore: The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, a.k.a. The Tale of Princess Kaguya (a very worthwhile read!) The “36 Views of Mt. Fuji” features (naturally) the profound mountain in each work, however it sometimes includes it in subtle ways. It’s in the foreground on this card, but some of the works depict it as a small feature in the background, or as a minimalistic drawing that surrenders the focal point to the things happening in front of it. Actually, “The Great Wave” is one of those where Mt. Fuji is conservatively shown. Heck, I didn’t even know Mt. Fuji was in it until today. Not only is Fuji-san a majestic being, but he’s humble too! Thank you bunches for sending me this amazing postcard!