The Mountain Man
I am probably committing a huge infringement of copyright laws, but it’s nice to come across artwork of Japanese volcanoes that is not in the guise of traditional woodblock images of Mt. Fuji – as wonderful as they are.
I came across Umetaro Azechi (1902-1999) while exploring the British Museum a few months ago, where framed in the corner of the ‘Japan Room’ was a woodcut of his, titled Mountain Man. Simple, yet jumping out at you, the mountain man was defiant – perhaps a Japanese male refusing to go to the office; instead heading to where the real action is. I couldn’t find the same image online, but here is an equally simple print of Mt. Asama, almost South American in appearance. It could be the Columbian Andes rather than a volcano on the Kanto plain!
You can read more about Azechi – a keen mountain lover – here, a site which also includes a great representation of the winter mountaineer.