The Eastern Journey of the Celebrated Poet Ariwara no Narihira

A work made of color woodblock print; nagaban surimono.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of color woodblock print; nagaban surimono.

Date:

c. 1806

Artist:

Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾 北斎
Japanese, 1760-1849

About this artwork

This picture is based on the ninth scene in Tales of Ise. Finding life uncomfortable in the capital, Kyoto, the poet traveled east with some friends. They took a river ferry near Mount Fuji and saw a flock of strange birds. In answer to their questions, the ferryman replied, “It is a capital bird, of course.” Stopping on the bank, the poet made this request:

If you are in truth
What your name seems to make you,
I will put it to you,
Capital-bird, this question:
Do things go well with my love?
(Translated by Steven Carter)

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Artist

Katsushika Hokusai

Title

The Eastern Journey of the Celebrated Poet Ariwara no Narihira

Origin

Japan

Date

1801–1811

Medium

Color woodblock print; nagaban surimono

Dimensions

19.6 x 53.1 cm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1925.3215

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