Bunya no Asayasu


Bunya no Asayasu
Print   (Part of the set: Nature and Landscape Collection)

O-Edo Mokuhansha


Print is Public Domain; Photography is:   Creative Commons License


In a very unusual move by the publisher, this set includes four designs by Hokusai taken from one of his final print sets, the 百人一首 乳母かゑとき (Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki - The Hundred Poems as Told by the Nurse). 'Nurse' here is used in the sense of a 'wet-nurse', a woman taking care of children, and explaining things to them ...

The series was never finished, but many of the preparatory sketches and block drawings did get preserved (a group of them in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London).

None of the other major reproduction houses (Takamizawa, Adachi, Watanabe, etc.) made reproductions of these prints; they for the most part stuck to Hokusai's more famous designs. Perhaps the owner of the O-Edo company was a big fan of the poetry ...

The poem can be read:
This lovely morn the dewdrops flash
Like diamonds on the grass—
A blaze of sparkling jewels! But
The autumn wind, alas!
Scatters them as I pass.

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