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Mount Fuji

This hyper-poem celebrates Hokusai's many views of Mount Fuji. 

He painted the same volcano dozens of times, shifting around the base, working from far-off hills, climbing up the slopes, giving us multiple perspectives, a series of reflections on the sacred peak that floats above, and beyond the tea fields, the rice paddies, and the towns of Japan.

In this panorama, we explore 46 views.  In each view, you'll find the picture at the top, and the poem below.  Following the links within the text, you can investigate the motifs that reappear--the visual ideas. And you can see what draws Hokusai's attention, and mine.

I see this verbo-visual hypertext as a conversation.  I am listening to Hokusai, and responding to his lead. You join in, following links wherever you like, creating your own meaning out of the many paths leading to Mount Fuji. Email me with your thoughts along the way.

For a note on my crazy method, start off with View Zero.

To jump right into the panels, start with the View from Nihonbashi in Edo.

Or just click the number of a view at random.

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