Hiroshige II's series 'Eight Views of Ōmi (Ōmi hakkei)' (1859)


This page attempts to catalog all known prints in Hiroshige II's series 'Ōmi hakkei (近江 八 景 - Eight Views of Ōmi)'.

The series title is in the rectangular cartouche in the top right corner; the title of each individual print is in the square cartouche.

The series dates from the early middle of Hiroshige II's career, when he was about thirty-three years old. At this point, he had just using the name 'Hiroshige', since his master Hiroshige I had just died (in 1858), and Hiroshige II had taken over the 'Hiroshige'; the prints in this series are signed 'Nisei Hiroshige' (i.e. "Hiroshige, second of the name").

Formalized series of landscape views on eight particular themes of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers, the rivers and wetlands around Lake Donting, developed in Eleventh Century China. The idea was imported to Japan along with much else from Chinese culture; series on this theme appear throughout Japanese woodblocks. The eight themes were descending geese, returning sails, clearing mist, twilight snow, autumn moon, night rain, vesper bells, and evening glow; all eminently suited to evocative landscape images.

Technical details

The Prints

To see a larger, roughly full-screen, image of any print, please click on the thumbnail; these images are sized to produce fine detail, and are only moderately compressed.

Images Number Date Title (Kanji) Title (Romaji) Title (English) Description
#3 1859/2 粟津 晴嵐 Awazu seiran Clearing Weather at Awazu
#4 1859/2 比良 暮雪 Hira bosetsu Twilight Snow at Mount Hira
#5 1859/2 石山 秋月 Ishiyama shūgetsu Autumn Moon at Ishiyama Temple
#6 1859/2 唐崎 夜雨 Karasaki no yau Night Rain at Karasaki

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