Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji
Lake Suwa in Shinano Province
Shinano Province, also known as Shinshū is an old province of Japan that is nowadays Nagano Prefecture. Lake Suwa a body of water about 4.8 kilometres long and 4 kilometres wide, lies in the Suwa basin, about 190 kilometres west of Tokyo.
The image depicts in the center foreground two trees, stand before a house or a shrine. The Takashima Castle is seen left of center and just below Mount Fuji, at the tip of the cape filled with houses. This must comprise the village of Shimo Suwa.
Today the castle is located inland; it is presumed that the waters of Lake Suwa have receded since Hokusai’s time. It is also said that Mount Fuji is so far from Lake Suwa, that it can be seen only on a very clear day.
There is existing a similar print (issued by Palau) depicting Lake Suwa, on which Mt. Fuji is not depicted.