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The Great Wave
The Great Wave
There is no mistaking this iconic Japanese masterpiece by Katsushika Hokusai. At first glance, Hokusai's block print 'The Great wave off Kanagawa' seems to depict a morbid hopeless scenario with the beautiful and destructive force of nature at play in the considerable tidal wave which takes up most of the image.

At second glance one may start to discover and unpack the various layers to this work as looking closely at the waves you'll notice the fishermen in 2 boats seemingly on the brink of destruction. At third glance you'll notice a significant yet cleverly hidden gem in plain sight, something most, including myself tend to miss. The peak of Mount Fuji. "The wave in the foreground and Mount Fuji in the background are symbols chosen not only to provide a perspective, but also to represent the unpredictability of life. Mount Fuji, on the other hand, signifies stillness and eternity; it is the symbol of Japan and, as a sacred object of worship, holds a significant place in Japanese beliefs." (Culture Trip) Once upon a time Japan was sealed off from most of the rest of world and any influence from Western culture was forbidden. It was during this period that Hokusai created this iconic artwork. He makes masterful use of juxtaposition and contrast, painting an all round picture in the viewers mind. Challenging and uplifting the viewers initial impressions, thoughts and emotions. On the one hand there is an overwhelming wave surging forward and at an all consuming scale yet, in the quiet distance cradling the horizon is the mighty mount fuji. A symbol of Japanese pride, patriotism and spirituality. This towering pillar of strength is completely dwarfed by the surging waves.

Well that is one way to look at it. However it is my belief that the artist is also sending a message of hope and resilience. The waves have been completely deliberately exaggerated in perspective and scale compared to Mount Fuji. In my opinion and interpretation I believe Hokusai has used the waves to symbolise the puny venerability of humans in the face of nature but to also tell of the metaphorical waves, seasons, phases and situations we face that seem overwhelmingly, all consumingly gigantic.

However submerged beneath the torrent is a steadfast undefeated stillness and strength that will remain after the waves crash. One can almost visualise the waves crashing followed by a stillness as they deminish in size and prominence whilst simultaneously realising more of mighty mount Fuji now dominating the image. I have drawn a lot of inspiration from my love of Japanese culture through films, anime, art and fashion, but this piece spoke directly to the literal and metaphorical symbolism of water, submersion and evolution which we have drawn from for our first menswear exclusive.

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The Great Wave
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SUIBOTSU - SUBMERGED The Great Wave
There is no mistaking this iconic Japanese masterpiece by Katsushika Hokusai. At first glance, Hokusai's block print 'The Great wave off Kanagawa' seems to depict a morbid hopeless scenario with the beautiful and destructive force of nature at play in the considerable tidal wave which takes up most of the image.

At second glance one may start to discover and unpack the various layers to this work as looking closely at the waves you'll notice the fishermen in 2 boats seemingly on the brink of destruction. At third glance you'll notice a significant yet cleverly hidden gem in plain sight, something most, including myself tend to miss. The peak of Mount Fuji. "The wave in the foreground and Mount Fuji in the background are symbols chosen not only to provide a perspective, but also to represent the unpredictability of life. Mount Fuji, on the other hand, signifies stillness and eternity; it is the symbol of Japan and, as a sacred object of worship, holds a significant place in Japanese beliefs." (Culture Trip) Once upon a time Japan was sealed off from most of the rest of world and any influence from Western culture was forbidden. It was during this period that Hokusai created this iconic artwork. He makes masterful use of juxtaposition and contrast, painting an all round picture in the viewers mind. Challenging and uplifting the viewers initial impressions, thoughts and emotions. On the one hand there is an overwhelming wave surging forward and at an all consuming scale yet, in the quiet distance cradling the horizon is the mighty mount fuji. A symbol of Japanese pride, patriotism and spirituality. This towering pillar of strength is completely dwarfed by the surging waves.

Well that is one way to look at it. However it is my belief that the artist is also sending a message of hope and resilience. The waves have been completely deliberately exaggerated in perspective and scale compared to Mount Fuji. In my opinion and interpretation I believe Hokusai has used the waves to symbolise the puny venerability of humans in the face of nature but to also tell of the metaphorical waves, seasons, phases and situations we face that seem overwhelmingly, all consumingly gigantic. However submerged beneath the torrent is a steadfast undefeated stillness and strength that will remain after the waves crash. One can almost visualise the waves crashing followed by a stillness as they deminish in size and prominence whilst simultaneously realising more of mighty mount Fuji now dominating the image.

I have drawn a lot of inspiration from my love of Japanese culture through films, anime, art and fashion, but this piece spoke directly to the literal and metaphorical symbolism of water, submersion and evolution which we have drawn from for our first menswear exclusive.

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