Arts Everyday Living: Winter is Coming Early—Through the Eyes of Hiroshige

 

 

 

 

WINTER IS COMING EARLY

THROUGH THE EYES OF HIROSHIGE

 

Winter Solitude—

in a world of one color

the sound of wind.*

Matsuo Basho

Utagawa Hiroshige, Kinryuzan Temple at Asakusa, 1856, color wood print, Private Collection

Utagawa Hiroshige, Kinryuzan Temple at Asakusa, 1856, color wood print, Private Collection

 

Two of Japan’s most famous creative spirits, artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) and poet Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), often expressed the unique atmosphere of a snowy day, whether visually or in verse. Although Hiroshige in Kinryuzan Temple at Asakusa emphasizes the communal experience while Basho prefers the aloneness of Winter Solitude.

*Translated by Robert Hass.

The above image is used solely for educational purposes.

 

 

 

 

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