10 Hakone "Picture of the Lake"
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Known for its steep terrain, Hakone was the most difficult pass on the Tokaido Highway to negotiate safely. In the center is Mount Komagatake depicted in bold composition and coloring while in sharp contrast at left are the blue waters of Lake Ashi and the beautiful form of a snow-capped Mount Fuji on the lake's opposite shore. Hiroshige employed the splendid technique of emphasizing the massiveness and power of the mountains by contrasting them with the stillness of the lake. Also admirable is the way he depicts the daimyo's procession traveling along the tree-lined mountain path simply by the movement of the retainers' round straw hats.