Cees Nooteboom // Fuji

Mount Fuji rising above the clouds is the symbol of Japan and has provided a spiritual basis for the Japanese since ancient times. This 3.776m high, dormant volcano is world renowned for its symmetry and serenity. Nooteboom describes Mount Fuji from different perspectives, expressing his admiration. The 36 images are inspired by the fading gradations resembling the sky in the woodblock prints of Hokusai’s »36 views of Mount Fuji«. The book comes in a box containing five kitchen sponges in the shape of Mount Fuji, standing for one of the countless goods representing the national treasure.

Hand-printed color gradations from linoleum on mitsumata-paper, letterpress print using polymer plates in German and Dutch on bicchu-ganpi paper.
NT-Pairu-cover with silkscreened title.
Japanese box made of empress tree (Paulownia tomentosa) with silkscreened title.
Five kitchen sponges in the shape of mount Fuji.
English translation of the text available.
38 pages. 47.5 x 12.5 cm
Edition of 36 copies using Arabic numerals
Karlsruhe, 2016