A Performance Recreation by Hokusai in 1817

Today, I visited Hongan-ji Nagoya Betsuin Temple in Nagoya to see a performance recreaion by Hokusai in 1817.

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The artist Hokusai (1760-1849) is a creator of the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji which includes the internationally iconic print The Great Wave of Kanagawa.

200 years ago, he staged an event to advertise his works by painting the Big Daruma on paper, measuring 18×10.8 meters here in Nagoya.

The performance became the talk of the town, and earned him the nickname Darusen (a shortened form of Daruma Sensei).
And thanks for the success of this advertisement, his sketches (Hokusai Manga, a collection of images created by him) sold well.

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His brush as well as the recreation Hokusai made from bundles of straw.

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The poster of today’s event.

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I also visited the City Museum which holds a special exhibition about Hokusai.
In this exhibition, the connection between Hokusai and Nagoya is introduced in detail.

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You can print his famous paint for souvenir.

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I found pretty flowers at the temple.

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