The Great Wave off Kanagawa
is a woodblock print by the Japanese artist Hokusai. An example of ukiyo-e art, it is the first in Hokusai's series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji
, and is his most famous work.
This woodblock is one of the most recognized works of Japanese art in the world. It depicts an enormous wave threatening boats near the Japanese prefecture of Kanagawa, with Mount Fuji in the background. While sometimes assumed to be a tsunami, the wave is, as the title in Japanese indicates, actually a large okinami
—literally "wave of the open sea."
is another print from the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji