In 1823,176 years before the first Honda XL1000V Varadero rolled off the production lines in the Hamamatsu Plant, Shizuoka Prefecture, the ekiyo-e woodblock painter, Katsushika Hokusai's famous series known as, The 36 Views Of Mt. Fuji was first published.
The most famous view being: The Great Wave off Kanagawa
and Red Fuji
Red Fuji has to be the best known of Hokusai's works. Hokusai used only four colors in this picture yet manages to express the height and strong presence of the peek. I have actually seen the mountain looking just as Hokusai has painted it here.
One of my favorite pictures. View from Surugacho in Edo
Hokusai did not paint in any facial features with his people, yet they seem to express so much.
A short skip north of Nihonbashi in Tokyo, one finds the Mistukoshi Department Store on the left side of the street. Mitsui Hachiemon built a clothing store on this spot around 1655. The signs in the lower part of the picture announce,"No credit. Fixed prices. Fine clothing" "Cash payment only. Materials and thread."
I thought I'd have a ride out to Fuji and see if I could take my own 36 views of the mountain. I am sure Hokusai would not disapprove too much.
While I was at it, I thought I'd see how far up the mountain I could ride my bike!