Introducing: Hokusai Blue
If you have a penchant for blue and you love a unique tee, the new Hokusai Blue collection from Uniqlo will be your new favorite. Paying homage to the internationally renowned Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter, and printmaker Hokusai Katsushika, these tees are exclusive to the UNIQLO UT collection, which celebrates the creative works of renowned artists, characters, and brands from around the world.
Who is Hokusai?
Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-epainter and printmaker of the Edo period. Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji which includes the internationally iconic print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa.
Hokusai created the Thirty-Six Views both as a response to a domestic travel boom and as part of a personal obsession with Mount Fuji. It was this series, specifically The Great Wave print and Fine Wind, Clear Morning, that secured Hokusai’s fame both in Japan and overseas.
Founded in Kyoto during the Meiji Period (1868-1912), Unsodo is Japan's only publishing company that makes traditional Japanese books with hand -printed woodblock prints. From its woodblock print archives, this collection focuses on the blue from Hokusai's famous “36 Views of Mt. Fuji” collection.
As historian Richard Lane concludes, "Indeed, if there is one work that made Hokusai's name, both in Japan and abroad, it must be this monumental print-series". While Hokusai's work prior to this series is certainly important, it was not until this series that he gained broad recognition. Staying true to UNIQLO’s Japanese heritage, this cherished collection is designed especially for the many fans of Hokusai Katsushika around the world.