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Beyond the Great Wave: Hokusai’s “Deep Old Age” at the British MuseumTony McNicol

Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave is an exhibition at the British Museum in London dedicated to the woodblock print artist Katsushika Hokusai. Featuring works from the last three decades of Hokusai’s remarkable career, it includes a fine early impression of the artist’s instantly recognizable Great Wave off Kanagawa, said to be the most reproduced artistic image in the world. More than a century after Hokusai exerted a profound influence Western art via Van Gogh and the Impressionists, he is surfing a new wave of popularity.

Proposal for Hokusai Exhibit at British Museum Contentious (News)

Obuse, Nagano, Dec. 30 (Jiji Press)—Renowned ukiyo-e master Katsushika Hokusai has been attracting renewed attention in Japan. In November, the Sumida Hokusai Museum opened in Tokyo's Sumida Ward, where Hokusai (1760–1849) spent most of his life, displaying about 1,800 items, including artworks and documents. The artist has recently been featured in a television program. In the midst of the …

New Hokusai Museum Showcases Japan’s Most Celebrated ArtistBrigitte Koyama-Richard

A new museum dedicated to Japan’s artistic giant Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) has opened in the municipality of Sumida in Tokyo. Best known for his iconic print The Great Wave off Kanagawa, Hokusai was an important influence on Western artists like Monet and Van Gogh.

Five Greats of Japanese Woodblock PrintingNippon.com Staff

The woodblock print, or hanga, has played a centuries-long role in the history of Japanese art. The Edo-period masters, like Hokusai and Hiroshige, produced images that are familiar to people all around the world today, but this is a deep genre with many lesser-known creators of similar skill. Below we present five images by five artists worth looking into in more depth.  Utamaro, Kushi (Comb)…

Curing the “Samurai Blues”: Bringing a Great Wave of Improvement to Japan’s SoccerYanagisawa Takeshi

At the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Japan’s men reached the last 16 by playing defensive soccer. But at the 2014 tournament in Brazil, while aiming for a more attacking style, the team crashed out at the group stage after one draw and two losses. Japan head coach Javier Aguirre, October 2014. (© Jiji Press) The man chosen to succeed Japan’s outgoing Italian manager Alberto Zaccheroni …

Obusedō: A Tradition of Chestnut Sweets and Local Culture

Located in Nagano Prefecture, the town of Obuse is known for its confections and chestnuts. It also boasts a unique culture, with influences dating back to Edo-period icons like the artist Katsushika Hokusai and many family-run businesses located there to this day. In recent years, these businesses have come together to restore the historical atmosphere of Obuse, ensuring that its rich past stays relevant into the future.

A Skytree Grows in Tokyo (Photos)Satō Shintarō

More than a year has passed since Tokyo Skytree opened on May 22, 2012. In that short time the majestic tower has already become a Tokyo landmark, visited by thousands every day. This slideshow presents photographs taken by Satō Shintarō over four years as the tower inched higher and higher into the Tokyo sky.

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