The Count of Clouds: Mount Fuji Through the Eyes of Masanao Abe


When: 01/08/16 - 31/03/17: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Where: Intermediatheque, Marunouchi 2-7-2, KITTE

There may be no more representative symbol of Japan than Mount Fuji. The symmetrical volcanic peak has been depicted in a variety of different media over the centuries, but the photographs of Masanao Abe put it in a completely different light. The 15th generation head of the Fukuyama samurai family, Abe was a devoted student of meteorology who established the Abe Cloud Air Current Research Observatory near the foot of Mount Fuji, where he dedicated himself to using photographic techniques like speeded-up film and stereoscopy to record the clouds around Japan’s most famous mountain. Although the photographs were taken for scientific purposes, they are truly works of art in themselves. Come see the work of the “Count of Clouds” for yourself at Intermediatheque.

Note: Intermediatheque is open from 11am to 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and closed on Mondays. The Masanao Abe exhibit is currently set to go on indefinitely.

The Count of Clouds: Mount Fuji Through the Eyes of Masanao Abe

How much: Free

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Image: Masanao ABE, Mount Fuji and a lenticular cap cloud (27.12.1929), Gelatin silver print, UMUT Collection (on view at the Intermediatheque) © Intermediatheque

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