The Eight Famous Views of Kanazawa 金澤八景(Kanazawa Hakkei)

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Kanazawa area was famous for it’s beautiful scenery. Kanazawa Hakkei means the Eight famous views of Kanazawa. In the late Edo period (in the 1830s), a very famous artist, UTAGAWA Hiroshige, depicted these beautiful views for Ukiyoe, woodblock prints. Even today, we can recall once eight beautiful views of Kanazawa with his Ukiyoe below.

Would you walk along the Hirakata bay promenade with us to seek the scenery?

Seto no shugetsu

瀬戸秋月 (Seto no shugetsu)
The autumnal moon at Seto

One night in autumn, people admire the beautiful full moon over the Seto bridge and the Nojima mountain. Once there was an scenic inland sea now reclaimed.

Suzaki no seiran

洲崎晴嵐 (Suzaki no seiran)
A fine breeze yet windy day at Suzaki

The strong wind is blowing over Suzaki village, shaking trees and drying fishing nets. Beyond the village there are salt pans with small huts to make salt and the road of pine trees to the Nojima mountain.

Hirakata no rakugan

平潟落雁 (Hirakata no rakugan)
Wild geese landing at Hirakata

People are gathering shells at the tidal mudflats in Hirakata Bay in front of Nojima mountain. Look! Flocks of geese are falling! No, they are landing.

Nojima no sekisho 野島夕照 (Nojima no sekisho)
The glow of sunset at Nojima

An evening scene of fishermen's village.
Most of the fishermen already went to bed to prepare for fishing next morning while people on the pleasure boat enjoy dinner party.

Uchikawa no bosetsu

内川暮雪 (Uchikawa no bosetsu)
Snowy evening at Uchikawa

Mountains, salt pans, houses and trees are all covered with snow. People in straw capes and hats struggle to walk in the snow. Now this place is reclaimed. 200 years ago, Hirakata Bay was much wider than the present day.

Shomyo no bansho

称名晩鐘 (Shomyo no bansho)
The evening bell of the Shomyoji monastery

Several buildings of Shomyoji Temple stand in the middle of the mountain. A woman on the boat prays and thanks for the good day hearing the evening bell from the temple. You also hear the bell sound, don’t you?

Kozumi no yau

小泉夜雨 (Kozumi no yau) Night rain at Kozumi

Once the inland sea spread deep to Teko Shrine area, called Kozumi. It is rainy night. Two travelers in straw capes and hats are hurrying along the salt pans on the seashore. Where are they going?

Ottomo no kihan

乙艫帰帆 (Ottomo no kihan)
Boats returning to Ottomo

Ottomo area, now around Umino Koen, was a scenic coast with mountains, capes and rocks until reclaimed. In the evening, sailing boats are coming closer and bigger back to the shore lined with pine trees.

The set of Hiroshige prints were supplied by Kanagawa Prefectural Kanazawa Bunko Museum

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