Here another in the series 36 Views of Fuji by Hokusai. Hokusai and the Fuji Lumber Company. Why did he include Fuji in so many different pictures, almost incidentally?

Would it take away from the painting’s charm to imagine that he was doing some of these paintings under commission to a business conglomerate named Fuji? This one might be for the Fuji Lumber Company subsidiary.

It does kind of ruin it for me — thinking Hokusai was just fulfilling a commission, rather than being inspired by the centrality of Mt. Fiji in Japanese life. It’s interesting what too much knowledge and context can do to us. How it takes away rather then adds to the richness of our life.