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SHIZUOKA

“Visions of Fuji: A Portrait Of The Japanese People as Seen Through Mt. Fuji”

Izu Photo Museum

by Mike Hamilton

Admired by many throughout Japanese history, Mount Fuji is the subject of a new exhibition at Izu Photo Museum, which itself is located in the dormant volcano’s shadow. Through photographs and illustrations, the show reveals how perceptions of Mount Fuji have evolved in accordance with artistic taste and the influence of religious and political sentiments.

Different mediums over various periods of time are covered, including mid-19th-century illustrations, World War II photography and depictions from the contemporary art scene. Works include those of well-known photographers Hiroshi Sugimoto and Nobuyoshi Araki, as well as some earlier interpretations from Japanese and foreign artists, such as William Heine, Commodore Matthew C. Perry’s official artist on his expeditions to Japan in the 1850s; till Sept. 4.

Izu Photo Museum, 347-1 Higashino Clematis no Oka, Nagaizumi-cho, Shizuoka; 25-min free shuttle bus ride from Mishima Station (JR Tokaido Line). 10 a.m. — 6 p.m., ¥800. Closed Wed. www.clematis-no-oka.co.jp.