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Eijiri in the Provice of Suruga, 1832 by Hokusai

Hokusai's idea in this print was borrowed by Hiroshige for a work in his "Fifty-three Stations on the Tokaido" which shows a traveler whose hat has been blown away by the autumn breeze. In Hokusai's work, a strong gust of wind has made off with leaves from the tree, one of the traveler's hats, and even the sheets of tissue paper which the woman - as everybody did at the time - was carrying tucked in the breast of her kimono. As they whirl up into the air, they make a fine, amusing sight for anyone not directly involved. The work particularly not directly involved. The work particularly illustrates Hokusai's consummate skill with human figures. It is strange that he should not have taken more trouble with the composition of Mt. Fuji and its foothills. The use of brown for the sky, with its suggestion of bad weather in the offing, is especially effective.