Story: Japanese

Mt Fuji

Mt Fuji

This woodcut of Mt Fuji is by the 19th-century Japanese master Ichiryusai Hiroshige. The dramatic island landscapes of New Zealand and Japan have always inspired artists. British-born painter Christopher Perkins noted the similarity between the volcanic cones of New Zealand’s Mt Taranaki and Mt Fuji. He related the story of the crew from a Japanese ship anchored at New Plymouth, who made ‘daily obeisance to the honourable mountain’, Taranaki.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki, Mackelvie Trust Collection
Woodcut by Ichiryusai Hiroshige

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Tessa Copland, 'Japanese - East and West: early days', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2024)

Story by Tessa Copland, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015