great wave off kanagawa

Japan’s most famous wave! – Hokusai’s Masterpiece

Great Wave off Kanagawa

There some pieces of classical art that just deserve a t-shirt. Very few pictures invoke the feeling of ocean, beach and Japanese culture like Hokusai’s “Great Wave Off Kanagawa”. Katsushika Hokusai himself is probably the most famous Japanese Ukiyo-e painter. Ukiyo-e as a genre was all about woodblock prints and paintings of females, kabuki theater, sumo wrestlers, scenes from history, folklore, travel, landscapes, plants, animals, and erotica.

great wave off kanagawa - hokusai
The old fella – Hokusai

So what is the painting “Great Wave off Kanagawa” all about? The painting itself depicts a huge rogue wave off the shores of the town of Kanagawa (present-day Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture). In the background we can see Mount Fuji, a trademark of that woodblock print series by Hokusai also called the “36 Views of Mount Fuji”. You can also see little fisherman struggling to finish their daily labour.

The scene for me symbolizes the struggle of the Japanese people against nature to survive, it’s deep connection to the ocean and fishing. Our motivation for putting this motif on a shirt was that we love the ocean, we love Japanese Seafood and this picture is a synonym for both things.

great wave off kanagawa

So check this one out in our shop if you love this print as much as we do. What better shirt to wear for your next sushi craving or day on the beach? Subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on social media if you want to find out more about us, our designs and East Asian culture in general. Enjoy the waves!