Shore of Tago Bay, Ejiri at Tōkaidō

As I venture out
Onto the shore at Tago Bay,
I see snow, pure white,
Falling now ever deeper
On Mount Fuji's lofty peak.
- Yamabe no Akahito

Another paper diorama based on one of the woodprints that comprises the series entitled Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, by Katsushika Hokusai.


South Wind, Clear Sky (Gaifū kaisei)

Katsushika Hokusai, 'South Wind, Clear Sky' (Gaifū kaisei) ['Red Fuji'], a colour woodblock print

Japan, AD 1830-33

From the series 'Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji' (Fugaku sanjū-rokkei)

It is said that when conditions are right in late summer or early autumn, with a wind from the south and a clear sky, the slopes of Fuji can appear dyed red by the rays of the rising sun.

This is the most abstracted composition and yet the most metereologically specific of Hokusai's series. The delicately hovering clouds part to form a halo around the summit veined with sparse remnants of snow. The lower regions are still in shadow and it is only the bare slopes above the tree-line that catch the sun, turning (in this impression) a bright, brick red. The three shades of blue in the sky seem like a mirror-reversal of the three colours on the mountain.

T. Clark, 100 views of Mount Fuji (London, The British Museum Press, 2001)



The Great Wave off Kanagawa Diorama

The Great Wave off Kanagawa (神奈川沖浪裏, Kanagawa Oki Nami Ura?, lit. "Under a Wave off Kanagawa"), also known as The Great Wave or simply The Wave, is a woodblock print by the Japanese artist Hokusai. An example of ukiyo-e art, it was published sometime between 1830 and 1833[2] (during the Edo Period) as the first in Hokusai's series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei (富嶽三十六景?)), and is his most famous work. This particular woodblock is one of the most recognized works of Japanese art in the world. It depicts an enormous wave threatening boats near the Japanese prefecture of Kanagawa. While sometimes assumed to be a tsunami, the wave is, as the picture's title notes, more likely to be a large okinami lit. "wave of the open sea." As in all the prints in the series, it depicts the area around Mount Fuji under particular conditions, and the mountain itself appears in the background.

Copies of the print are in many Western collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the British Museum in London, and in Claude Monet's house in Giverny, France.

Canon offers a paper model that depicts this beautiful drawing as a 3D diorama:


FBMinis Road Block with Dragon Teeth diorama

This weekend I'm going to think about adding the barbed wire traps and detail the ground work. At this point I've only covered it with two mixes of wall spackle, one to simulate the digging around the dragon-teeth and another for the actual road.