Re: Info on Eizan print


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Posted by John Lord (124.184.35.37) on November 25, 2019 at 02:00:22:

In Reply to: Re: Info on Eizan print posted by Alec W. on November 22, 2019 at 20:48:00:

Many thanks Alec W. for that information. I pursued it and found the following (edited, from Wikipedia:
Hatsuyume (初夢) is the first dream one has in the new year. Traditionally, the contents of this dream would foretell the dreamerís luck in the ensuing year. In Japan, the night of December 31 was often passed without sleeping, thus the hatsuyume is often experienced during the night of January 1. This is why the day after the night of the "first dream" is known as Hatsuyume. This day is January 2 in the gregorian calendar, but was different in the traditional Japanese calendar.
It is considered to be particularly good luck to dream of Mount Fuji, a hawk, and an eggplant. This belief has been in place since the early Edo period but there are various theories as to why this particular combination was considered to be auspicious. One theory is that this combination is lucky because Mount Fuji is Japan's highest mountain, the hawk is a clever and strong bird, and the word for eggplant (茄子 nasu or nasubi) suggests achieving something great (成す nasu). Another theory is that Fuji, falconry, and early eggplants were favorites of the shōgun Tokugawa Ieyasu.
It seems probable that both prints relate to the dream, but whether they are part of a triptych (the third panel involving eggplant) or part of a series is another matter.

Again, thank you.
John Lord




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