1/06/2012

Hokusai Tsunami

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Hokusai, the Great Wave and the Tsunami
北斎 津波 



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- Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) 葛飾北斎 -



神奈川沖波裏 The Great Wave off Kanagawa





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After the Great Tsunami natural disaster in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake
Hokusai's famous image could be frequently seen in the press referred to as an early 19th century document of a huge tsunami wave.

Although it is often used in tsunami literature, there is no reason to suspect that Hokusai intended it to be interpreted in that way . . .

The print is today often reproduced as the artistic depiction of a tsunami.
Did Hokusai really have a tsunami in mind when he composed this work?

The waves in this work are sometimes mistakenly referred to as tsunami (津波), but they are more accurately called okinami (沖波), great off-shore waves.

Hokusai's Tsunami Mouse Pad

RedBubble's hokusai tsunami page

Hagane Metal Cover Tsunami-Hokusai

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. . . . . its precursor,
a print which Hokusai made more than ten years before The Great Wave. It is called Oshiokuri Hato Tsusen no Zu
(Fast Cargo Boat Battling The Waves)



The most obvious difference is that the ocean foam is drawn differently: in The Great Wave, they curl more and resemble claws to show a truly menacing wave.

In Fast Cargo Boat the large wave is at the beginning of its descent back into the sea, but this shape is still too 'solid' to show the great force of the wave. In fact, it looks more like a mountain than a wave. By contrast, in The Great Wave, Hokusai has let the wave curl forward more so that it is about to collapse onto the boats beneath, the terrifying wall of water spiralling to create a more dynamic form.

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The Great Wave off Kanagawa 神奈川沖浪裏,
Kanagawa Oki Nami Ura, lit. "Under a Wave off Kanagawa", also known as
The Great Wave or simply The Wave ...
While sometimes assumed to be a tsunami, the wave is, as the picture's title notes, more likely to be a large okinami - literally "wave of the open sea."
Copies of the print are in many Western collections,...

Edmond de Goncourt described the wave in this way:

"The drawing of the wave is a deification of the sea made by a painter who lived with the religious terror of the overwhelming ocean completely surrounding his country; He is impressed by the sudden fury of the ocean's leap toward the sky, by the deep blue of the inner side of the curve, by the splash of its claw-like crest as it sprays forth droplets."

There are two similar works, dated some 30 years before the publication of The Great Wave, that are its precursors. They are Kanagawa-oki Honmoku no zu and Oshiokuri Hato Tsusen no Zu, both works with subjects identical to the Great Wave: a sailboat and a rowboat respectively. In both precursor works, the subjects are in the midst of a storm, beneath a great wave that threatens to devour them. ...
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I saw a feature on TV, a take of a high wave with a high-speed camera
and there the breaking wave droplets looked just as Hokusai had painted them
... it was quite amazing!
His eyesight must have been phantastically fine-tuned.


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“Today’s Japan – Hokusai’s Big Wave – The Political Cat”
by Takashi Ono. This is number 7 of a limited edition of his print, totaling 30, dated 2013.

Takashi Ono was born in Tokyo. He was strongly impressed by the original and imaginative woodblock prints of Yasunori Taninaka and self-studied woodblock printing from 1983. He made numerous book illustrations in 1980-2000s.

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Tokoname teapot by Yoshikawa Setsudo



--- and how about an eclair with your tea?



éclair by Fauchon from Takashimaya Shinjuku store
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Stirring animated version of Hokusai paintings
is like watching anime from the Edo period 【Video】



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Shiriagari Kotobuki 2015

Manga Hokusai Manga:
Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics

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汚れた車のリアガラスに描かれた
数々のアート作品のクオリティがハンパない!

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Enjoy traditional views of Mt Fuji
from your very own luxury toilet

... the Fuji III design, which features The Great Wave off Kanagawa, the first and best-known print in the series.
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Hokusai - A Colored Version Of the Big Wave - on google

AND more amazing versions of the Big Wave
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umi no ha 海の歯 teeth of the ocean



The Billy Files


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Berlin - Japanischer Garten - Königliche Gartenakademie
Japanische Wochen vom 28. Februar bis 15. Mai 2015,
Design des Japanischen Gartens:Christian Otto
Abbildung: Copywright by Ohlow & Otto.

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Take on the samurai in Edo Period Toei
At the Toei Kyoto Studio Park in Kansai, you can get close to the action and see what it’s all about.



. . . the Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print Gallery, posing for cheesy pictures that placed us into the artworks of legends such as Katsushika Hokusai and Toshusai Sharaku.
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This is a print to raise money for the Japanese Red Cross distributed directly among the earthquake and tsunami affected Japanese population. All the funds received will be transferred by the Red Cross to the Distribution Committee which is formed around the local government of the disaster affected prefecture in Japan.
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Monsters of Japan - Dragon with 9 heads
ルルイエの支配者 クトゥルー 九頭龍



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Coockie Monster Wave


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big wave tsunami hokusai parodies paintings famous pinguino

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The Great Wave Dartboard ダーツボード - if you click on any board on the following page,
folks will begin to surf inside . . .
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Dominic Alves
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kicks from TeeFury
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Male 男浪 and Female Wave 女浪
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Hokusai and Obuse
小布施

In 1844 at age 85, Hokusai visited Obuse and spent about six months working on the Ryu (Dragon) and Ho-o (Chinese Phoenix) paintings for the Higashi-machi Festival float.

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The Great Wave in
Inakadate village, Aomori 田舎館(村)

. Rice Field Art 田んぼアート  Tanbo Art .


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Katsushika Hokusai Electronic Circuit Board
by Joel Betancourt


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Help Japan Poster



Atlanta-based designer Amy Rader created this design after the terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan, inspired by quote by Petra Nemcova:

The world is one body.
When one part is injured,
all is effected.


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PROJECT SENBAZURU (Project One Thousand Cranes)
from Tumblr, a variation on Hokusai's Great Wave.

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Lawrence, KS • Curl Study • graphite on paper, 2013
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the moving wave



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Five years later - 2016



Return of a Perilous Beauty
A tsunami-battered town tries to get back on its feet: struggle, conflict, bureaucracy and, yes, hope.
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1 comment:

  1. The ‘Great Wave’ that reached the West
    by Matthew Larking
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    Ukiyo-e prints could be found in Europe from at least 1795 at the Cabinet des Estampes at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. It was not until the 1850s, however, when trade between Japan and Europe began to flourish, that the craze for things Japanese began to crescendo.

    The story goes that French printmaker Felix Bracquemond (1833-1914) encountered a picture-book by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) that arrived in France with a shipment of porcelain in the late 1850s. In 1859, a sourcebook by the potter and designer Eugene Collinot and Adalbert de Beaumont included Hokusai’s imagery.
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    The first full-scale Hokusai exhibitionoutside of Japan took place in 1892 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in the curatorial department of the Department of Japanese Art (now the Art of Asia, Oceania and Africa Collection) founded by Ernest Fenollosa, who also became its curator, after his return from Japan in 1890. At least four prints from that exhibition 150 years ago are included in “Hokusai from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,” which is currently showing at Kobe City Museum. Many of the works on display came from a number of donations, though the largest was by William Sturgis Bigelow, who gifted approximately 40,000 works to the museum in 1911.
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    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2014/05/28/arts/great-wave-reached-west/#.U4gCZXY09IV

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