Tenpözan from the Aji River

Tenpözan from the Aji River

Object Title:

Tenpözan from the Aji River

Series Title:

Fine Views of Mt. Tempo




Gakutei Gogaku


Unknown (Japanese Art)


Color woodblock print Technique: Nishiki-e (Woodblock print with color blocks)

Credit Line:

Gift of James A. Michener, 1991 (22047)

Object Number:


Other Title:

Kana: おうさか あんじかわ しなあん あまやどり Kanji : 大阪安治川 新山 雨やどり Series Kanji : 天保山勝景奇覧


Tenpözan is a famous scenic spot in Ösaka. Gogaku's series, Fine Views of Mt. Tenpö, is a set of six prints. Tenpözan is an artificial mountain made of earth moved from the Aji River in 1831. It was intended to be an amusement park of sorts, and included a stream, bridges, and cherry trees. There were also many restaurants. The scene here is possibly from a lookout point where a tea-house was located. Two thick pillars with a hole are visible in this print, through which people try to go. The same tradition is known to exist in the Hall of the Great Buddha, in Nara, or from a scene in “Shank's Mare (Tökaidö Hizakurige),” a comic novel about the misadventures of two travelers written by Jippensha Ikku (1765-1831). The size of the hole is equal to the size of a nostril of the Great Buddha in Nara, and it is believed that going through the hole is very auspicious. (from Kamigata-e exhibition 4/1/08-)