From a story that Mt. Fuji and Lake Biwa
had been created at the same time, Hokusai is showing (rather tongue in
cheek) the historical documentation of that creation. All of the officials
are in awe of the birth of the mountain except two men, distracted by something
off to the right. What could possibly distract them from the mountain's
First frame: A water drop hitting the
water's surface is how I imagined a mountain being formed out of water.
Second frame: An artist's documentation
of the birth of a mountain would require an accurate sketch on very official
paper with an official brush.