The Great Wave off Kanagawa

woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai

The Great Wave off Kanagawa is a woodblock print made by Hokusai.[1]

The Great Wave off Kanagawa.

The art work was printed somewhere between 1830 and 1833 which was during the Edo period. It is the first print in the series, Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. It shows a giant wave threatening boats near the Japanese prefecture of Kanagawa. It was made with the ukiyo-e printing technique.


  1. Kleiner, Fred S. and Christin J. Mamiya, (2009). Gardner's Art Through the Ages: Non-Western Perspectives, p. 115.

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Although it mostly was grainy feeling to the touch, it held a great part of history