View of Hōeizan from the 4th Camp of Mount Fuji from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

View of Hōeizan from the 4th Camp of Mount Fuji

 #29 from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji

by Tokuriki Tomikichirō, 1939-1940

Clear Weather after Snow at Ochanomizu, Tokyo from the series Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji

IHL Cat. #435

About This Print

This 29th print in the 36 print series depicts Mount Houei and its crater, which last erupted in 1707, from the vantage point of a climber coming upon one of the huts along the Fujinomiya trail on Mount Fuji.  This print is the original issue (first edition) published by Uchida Woodblock Printing Company between 1939 and 1940 as part of the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.

The Series - Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji

Published by Uchida Bijutsu Shoten between 1939 and 1940, this 36-print set (plus an introductory sheet and a table of contents sheet) by Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000) is a more modern take on Hokusai's (1760–1849) famous series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (1826-1833). 

Tokuriki's series was extremely popular with domestic and foreign buyers who purchased one thousand copies within a short time after issuance.1  Various prints from this series were re-printed in subsequent years and subsets of the thirty-six prints were repackaged into newly named series, such as Eight Views of Mount Fuji and Four Season of Mount Fuji, released in the 1950s.  Later printings omit the information in the margin, modify Tokuriki's signature and change the seals below his signature appearing in the image area of the print.

1 Modern JapaneseWoodblock Prints - The Early Years, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1998, p. 89.

Format of Margin Annotations and Image Signatures and Seals of Original Edition

Modern Japanese Prints: 1912-1989, Lawrence Smith, British Museum Press, 1994, p. 50.

top right
series title
Fuji sanjūrokukei no uchi
(top right)
below series title
title of print
below print title
Tomikichiro Saku
(Made by Tomikichiro)
followed by round
Kiwame censor's seal1
bottom right
 Uchida Bijutsu Shoshi (Uchida Fine Art Shop) followed in seal form by Fukyo Fukusei (Reproduction forbidden)
printed within image
 Tomikichiro Saku
(Made by Tomikichiro) followed by, in seal form, Sanjurokkei (Thirty-six Views) followed by, in seal form, Hanmoto Uchida (Publisher Uchida)

1 The kiwame (examined) censor's seal is an enlarged reproduction of the one used by government-appointed censors from 1790 onwards.


Source: Nippon Koei Co., Ltd. website
Mt. Houei (2,693m) and its crater, at the middle of the south eastern slope of Mt. Fuji, formed as the result of a 1707 eruption.  The Houei eruption was the largest on record, with vegetation, homes, and fields being buried and denuded by ash. Records from the time show the scale of eruption and spread of ash and relate how fearsome the eruption was.  The resulting formation was called "Hōeizan" because the eruption occurred in the fourth year of "Hōei."

View of Mount Fuji showing the crater of the 1707 Houei eruption at the south-east of the mountain.
Nippon Koei Co., Ltd. website

A hut, possibly at the 6th stage, along the Fujinomiya route
on Mt. Fuji which, on a clearer day, would afford a view of Hōeizan

Source:  Hyougushi's photostream on

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #435
 Title View of Hōeizan from the 4th Camp of Mount Fuji
 Series Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji
 富士三十六景ノ内 Fuji sanjūrokukei no uchi
 Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)
 Tomikichirō saku
 Seal no artist's seal (see above for information on various seals in margin and image)
 Date 1939-1940
 Edition original (first) edition
 Publisher  Uchida Bijutsu Shoten - Hanmoto Uchida (on print); Uchida Bijutsu Shoritsu han and Reproduction not permitted on margin
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - mat line and minor toning within mat line; two spots top corners verso from previous folio mounting
 Genre shin hanga (new print)
 Miscellaneous print #29 in the series
 Format horizontal oban
 H x W Paper 11 1/4 x 16 1/2 in. (28.6 x 41.9 cm)
 H x W Image
 10 1/4 x 15 in. (26 x 38.1 cm)
 Collections This Print Harvard Art Museum/Arthur M. Sackler Museum 1978.431
 Reference Literature