Katsushika Hokusai Red fuji 1760-1849, Mount Fuji is depicted towering above the landscape in a reddish glow. The foot of the mountain is wooded with pine trees. It contrasts starkly against the dark-blue sky, dotted with white clouds. The Japanese artist Hokusai made this woodcut around 1831. His signature is in the cartouche, top left. This print of the sacred mountainFujiMount Fuji (or Fujiyama) lies to the southwest of Tokyo. Fuji is actually a volcano, 3,776 m. high, with a crater 600 m. in diameter. In Japan Fuji is a sacred mountain. If you dream about the mountain on the first night of the new year the rest of that year will be filled with luck. is one of his best-known works. It is part of a series of thirty-six views of Mount Fuji. Hokusai was first and foremost a ukiyo-eUkiyo-eIn Japanese, 'ukiyo-e' means 'pictures of the floating world'. Ukiyo-e is the term for prints and paintings illustrating life in the brothel districts and theatre. artist, who depicted scenes of everyday life. However, he was also a master in depicting landscapes. Hokusai was one of the first Japanese artist to gain widespread renown in the West.