In this Kawase Hasui print, the fury of an intense snowstorm is counterbalanced by a sheltering umbrella and nearby house. It speaks eloquently to the possibility in a journey, the pleasure of returning home, and the power of the season.
In 1953, the Japanese government prepared to honor Hasui as a National Living Treasure. Realizing the collaborative nature of his prints, however, they commissioned a special woodblock print instead. This print, Zojoji Temple, Shiba, was designated an Intangible Cultural Treasure, a great honor for Hasui and for the craftsmen who made his prints possible.
Zojoji Temple, Shiba represents winter in our Four Seasons Classic Collection.