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Kirifuri Waterfall on Mt. Kurokami in Shimozuke Province
Kirifuri Waterfall on Mt. Kurokami in Shimozuke Province from the series "A Tour of Japanese Waterfalls"

1832-1833
Edo Period (1600-1868)
14 7/16 x 9 13/16 in. (36.7 x 25 cm)

Katsushika Hokusai
Japanese (1760 - 1849) Designer

Full Title:Kirifuri Waterfall on Mt. Kurokami in Shimozuke Province from the series "A Tour of Japanese Waterfalls"
Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Color woodcut
Credit Line: Transfer from the Art Department of the University of Rochester
Accession Number: 1997.110
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With a drop of 280 feet, Kirifuri ("Falling Mist") Falls is included among the Three Falls of Nikkô, the site of the mausoleum of the first Edo shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Hokusai's rendering of the falls suggests cascading hair, perhaps a reference to its location on Kurokami, which means "Black Hair." The great poet Bashô (1644-1694) is thought to have been describing this area in a haiku: "A temporary / retreat at a waterfall - / the start of summer." A favorite scenic destination, the falls is popular today in all seasons; autumn is depicted in this print.

Bibliography
See general reference in Matthi Forrer, "Hokusai," New York: Rizzoli, 1988: pp. 268, 394; fig. 306, p. 269.

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