Posted by Hans Olof Johansson (184.108.40.206) on October 16, 2013 at 15:51:23:
In Reply to: 36 views posted by CIV9 on October 04, 2013 at 16:05:31:
Numerical categories - numbered series of interrelated subjects - is a very common feature in the world of ukiyo-e prints. There is a lot of information about them on the net. In Albert J Koop's and Hogitarô Inada's "Japanese names and how to read them" (1923, reprinted in 1972 - also available on Google Books: http://books.google.com/books?id=AJXEXVVTYREC&pg=PA97) you'll find a large list of numerical categories with descriptions.
As for Hokusai, he was not the first to use the number 36. In fact both numbers that he used for his views of Fuji, 36 and 100, already had a strong connection to poetry and poets, and I don't think this was just a coincidence.
Ogura hyakunin isshu (小倉百人一首) is a classical Japanese anthology with one poem each by one hundred poets, collected already in 1235 (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogura_Hyakunin_Isshu). Various collections of 36 poets - Sanjûrokkasen (三十六歌仙) - have been published from the middle ages and onwards (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty-six_Immortals_of_Poetry).
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