Tacoma’s sense of place is incontestable and its towering namesake has been the inspiration for legends, paintings, photographs and stories. In 1925, the illustrious Japanese artist Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950) made this woodblock print following a visit to Tacoma. Like many other visitors and immigrants from Japan, he noted the visual and spiritual similarity to Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan.
Annotations/Markings: Signed “よし田” (Yoshida) with flower-shaped seal in lower left corner. Printed at left margin “自摺 大正拾四年作” (self-printed in 1925). Inscribed in lower margin: “Mt. Rainier To my friend Col. H E. Robison 博 Tokio June 8th 1946 Hiroshi Yoshida.”
Prints from the Digital Public Library of America