You have probably seen it. And you probably recognize it as one of the most iconic images from Japan. It is Hokusai’s wave.
But how much do you know about the great Hokusai? The Guardian has a nice piece that brings you into his life and introduces you to an exhibit at the British Museum where you can see what he did.
I loved this vignette
In his 80s, Hokusai was said to draw a Chinese lion or lion dancer every morning, throwing it out of the window to ward off ill luck. A number of these “daily exorcism” drawings still exist (probably thanks to (his daughter) Ōi running out to collect them up), and they are among his most lively and charming works.
Yet another reason to head over to London!