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Lawrence and Sonia Klein
Pounding rice for mochi (rice cakes) is a longstanding Japanese custom that marks the end of the old year and the beginning of a new one. Worshipers offer mochi to the gods and consume the rice cakes to ensure their own well-being in the coming year. In its treatment of this familiar activity, Hokusai’s humorous rendering resembles his widely circulated printed books, Hokusai manga. Here, a man strains to separate a mallet from the sticky rice while a woman struggles to hold the wooden container in place. An inscribed poem to the right reads:
wak narishi At the advent of spring
kao miru haru ni we prepare offerings of rice cakes,
utsuru tote round as a mirror,
mochi wa kagami ni in which the season finds reflected
torasekeru kana her own youthful countenance.
Translation by Alfred Haft
- Published References
- Ann Yonemura. Hokusai: Volume One. Exh. cat. Washington, 2006. cat. 34, p. 42-43.
- Ann Yonemura et al. Hokusai: Volume Two. Exh. cat. Washington, 2006. cat. 78, p. 32, 73.
- Gian Carlo Calza. Hokusai. Exh. cat. London and New York. cat. 50, 63.
- Narasaki Muneshige. Hokusai. vol. 117 Tokyo. p. 19, pl. 22.
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- Japanese Art
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