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Sazai Hall - Temple Of Five Hundred Rakan

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"Sazai Hall - Temple of Five Hundred Rakan" is a print from Hokusai's majestic 36 Views of Mount Fuji series. This print shows a bucolic scene, with a motley group standing upon the veranda outside the temple.

The Temple of Five Hundred Rakan was established at the Kameido village (in today's Tokyo Prefecture) in 1695. Sazai means a turban shell, referring to the spiral-shaped corridor of the hall.

When people finished their climb up the spiral corridor, they would be rewarded with a panorama of the lazy Sumida River and a distant Mt.Fuji.

The nine figures each have their own character: whether languidly looking out, mopping their brow or jumping and pointing a finger towards Fuji in exclamation.

These fellow pilgrims represent all the world: the geisha, the samurai, children and merchants alike.

Before them lies the wetland, rolling out towards the horizon in the distance. As we look at the backs of the figures in front of us, we feel as though we are another, slighty more reserved observer.

Hokusai uses Western perspective techniques, placing Mt Fuji at the vanishing point on the horizon. Also identifiable are the lumber yards of Fukagawa.

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