Fuji Wave Greetings Card with Fan

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Made in Japan, a greetings card with an uchiwa-style fan inspired by Hokusai’s Great Wave.

Sensu and uchiwa fans have been an important part of Japanese culture for hundreds of years, and are used, not only to keep cool in warm weather, but as decorative tools. Fans could be used for storytelling and entertaining purposes, and were even used as signalling devices during wars.

Kanagawa-oki Nami Ura or The Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai was published in 1831 as the first in his woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. The remarkable image features fishermen cowering in three skiffs under the wave about to crash down upon them. Mount Fuji can be seen in the distance, unperturbed by the impending catastrophe.

It is likely that around 5,000 prints were made from Hokusai’s woodblock, although many of the originals were destroyed during periods of war or natural disasters. An original from a later run is now housed in the British Museum, where it is only displayed for a maximum of six months every five years to prevent light damage to the colours of the image.

An ideal souvenir of the British Museum’s Japanese galleries.

  • Product Code: CMCN494340
  • Product Weight: 0.02Kg
  • Dimensions: H16 x L9cm
  • Material: Card
  • Postage Weight: 0.02 Kg

Made in Japan, a greetings card with an uchiwa-style fan inspired by Hokusai’s Great Wave.

Sensu and uchiwa fans have been an important part of Japanese culture for hundreds of years, and are used, not only to keep cool in warm weather, but as decorative tools. Fans could be used for storytelling and entertaining purposes, and were even used as signalling devices during wars.

Kanagawa-oki Nami Ura or The Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai was published in 1831 as the first in his woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. The remarkable image features fishermen cowering in three skiffs under the wave about to crash down upon them. Mount Fuji can be seen in the distance, unperturbed by the impending catastrophe.

It is likely that around 5,000 prints were made from Hokusai’s woodblock, although many of the originals were destroyed during periods of war or natural disasters. An original from a later run is now housed in the British Museum, where it is only displayed for a maximum of six months every five years to prevent light damage to the colours of the image.

An ideal souvenir of the British Museum’s Japanese galleries.

  • Product Code: CMCN494340
  • Product Weight: 0.02Kg
  • Dimensions: H16 x L9cm
  • Material: Card
  • Postage Weight: 0.02 Kg
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