Utagawa Toyoharu (1735–1814)
The Eight Views of Ōmi (Ōmi Hakkei)
From the series Perspective Picture: Views of Japan
Japan, Edo period (1615–1868), c. 1773–1775
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Gift of James A. Michener, 1991

The Eight Views of Ōmi praise the wonders of nature near Lake Biwa: the autumn moon as seen from Ishiyama Temple, the snow lingering on Mount Hira, the glowing evening sky at Seta, the sound of Mii Temple’s evening bell, the ships returning to Yabase harbor, the sunset at Awazu, the night rain at Karasaki, and the descending geese at Katata.

Although each of these scenes was typically depicted seperately, here Hiroshige’s predecessor Utagawa Toyoharu (1735–1814) combines all eight lakeside vistas into a single image.

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