Located near the source of the Fuji River (富士川), Kajikawaza (石班沢) is a confluence of mountain streams. The woodblock print, one of the masterpieces in which Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) is able to portray both the beauty and the severity of nature with mastery, shows two streams flowing violently into each other and a fisherman who, on a rock, throws his net. Next to the man sits, patiently, his little son. Mount Fuji (富士山) stands out in the background, partially hidden by the morning mist.
The work, printed for the first time around 1830-31 by the publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (西村屋与八), owner of Eijudo (永寿堂), is taken from the famous series “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” (富嶽三十六景) and is titled “Kajikazawa in Kai Province” (甲州石班沢).
The woodblock print on Japanese washi paper (和紙) is presented here in a fine edition of the 21st century made, as we read in the seal on the back, by the prestigious Adachi Hanga (アダチ版画) in Tokyo and is in very good condition.