Only a year ago, most of us didn't know what a tsunami was, let alone, how to pronounce it. Today it's become part of our daily vernacular.
From the Japanes artist, Katsushika Hokusai, come his series, "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji," 1823-1829, and the amazing woodblock print, "The Great Wave Off Kanagawa." This colorful print can be found in the permanent collection of Asian Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
The scene is of the great wave, about to devour the men and boats, with the distant Mount Fuji, minimized by the size of the wave. It is said to be a snapshot picture of a day of labor; the men on barges, carrying fish. Hokusai brings to life the dreaded and all too real event that occurred in South Asia. One can only imagine the devastation and toll to lives and property. Through the magic of art, we too are transported to this distant land and the scene of the tsunami.
If you would like to help the tsunami victims, you can donate to: the American Red Cross, Unicef, AmeriCares, or the charity of your choice.
To view "The Great Wave Off Kanagawa" on the cover of the "2006 Japanese Woodblocks Wall Calendar," visit Barnes and Noble at the following link:
2006 Japanese Woodblocks Wall Calendar
I have had a framed poster of Hokusai's artwork on my wall for a number of years and I still enjoy it. The landscape theme is universal.
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