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The great wave of Kanagawa, a Hokusai masterpiece.

The great wave of Kanagawa is a masterpiece in japanese Ukyoe art, in art in general and particularly in Japan. Contrary to most famous painter in Western countries, such Van Gogh, Hokusai was very famous in his living time. Numerous biographies surrounds his life, and an animation movie introduced his daughter’s life explaining what it was to be the progeny of the master of Ukyoe.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa (or The Great Wave) is a woodblock print. Hokusai published it between 1829 and 1833 in his series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. This series of landscape depicts the mount from different locations and in various seasons and weather conditions. It is his most famous work and one of the most celebrated piece of Japanese art in the world.

It is also one of the most reproduced and recognized artwork in the world thanks to the Meji Restoration in 1868. Japan became open to imports from the west and many pieces of art came to Europe and America. It influenced many western artists and helped them to better understand Japanese art. This is more true for a lot of western impressionists such as Manet, Monet, Van Gogh and “Art Nouveau” artists like Toulouse-Lautrec.


The image is a Yoko-e, a print in horizontal format which is common for showing a landscape. The original size is about 25 centimeters high by 37 centimeters wide.

It shows three elements: a gigantic wave threatening boats off the coast of the prefecture of Kanagawa (southern Kanto region and part of the greater Tokyo Area) and mount Fuji in the back. Sea is the dominant element of the composition with the representation of a wave which unfolds and dominates the whole scene before it comes down.

It was not the first time that Hokusai created this kind of woodblock. The study of his work suggests that many years of work have been necessary to him for achieving this final print. Two later prints have subjects identical to the Great Wave. A boat is in the midst of a storm and a great wave will devour it.

Kanagawa-oki Honmoku no zu (1803)
Oshiokuri Hato tsusen no zu (1805)

Modern transcription

The Great Wave of Kanagawa were transcript in many supports and reproduced an incalculable number of times. I can be common supports such as canvas, tee-shirts or fans for examples.




The great wave off Kanagawa was many times parodied or recaptured in various forms. Today it is a picture that we encounter in all kinds of different contexts. Like a mix between the great wave and One Piece Universe.



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Kimmidoll – Most asian brand from Australia

The Kimmidoll was created in 2008 by an Australia designer.  Basically, all characters from the universe of Kimmidoll own their name and bring different kind of luck to their owner.

The kimmidoll™ brand was conceived following a long standing passion with elegant decorative gift and homeware items inspired by Eastern culture. The traditional Japanese Kokeshi dolls are a perfect example of this simplistic Eastern beauty.

( source : website)

Kimmidoll in few words :

  • Inspired by Eastern culture.
  • Perfect simple for simplistic eastern.
  • A family of contemporary doll characters.
  • Traditional and modern creative.
  • Values in life’s journey – happiness.
  • Inspired by the beauty of natural.


Some of our favourites Kimidoll :

Mamiko – ‘Friendly’

“My spirit is outgoing and accepting. With your ready smile and natural easy charm, you share my friendly spirit. Through your readiness to accept others as they are, and to give the best of yourself, you live the spirit of friendliness.” ( Source : main website )

Miyuna – ‘Graceful’

“My spirit is enduring and captivating. With your simple yet sophisticated style, you embody the timeless dignity of my spirit. May your natural grace and ageless beauty shine through in everything you do, to inspire all those who love and admire you.” ( Source : main website )

Waki – ‘Dignified’

“My spirit has poise and respectability. You live my spirit by showing composure and grace in every circumstance you tace. May your dignity and quiet humility bing you respect and esteem you deserve ” ( Source : main website )



What makes Kimmidoll so special?

  • These dolls are gorgeous , elegant , cute and beautiful.
  • There lovingly designed that represent “ life’s true values “

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Hideyuki Katsumata

Japanese illustrator based in Tokyo, Hideyuki Katsumata, has been exploring art mostly through his representation of Yokai (妖怪). A class of supernatural monsters, spirits and demons in Japanese folklore. People can particularly appreciate his “craziness” bringing Yokai in the middle of a luxury brand and his most famous character : Hanauta. The musical style also bring to the video its resonance, here made by PASCALS even if the artist is also a musical composer. He also worked for a few different kind of luxury brands.

The french brand MAD et LEN, by Hideyuki Matsumata.

Hideyuki Katsumata is a regular artist from exhibits in Bangkok, Thailand, at the Goya gallery. His arts use to introduce original monster directly extracted from Japanese mythology.

Master of the gate DCA Dundee - hideyuki Katsumata

You can enjoy a long presentation of the artist by the Herald Scotland about his exhibits in Dundee – where the MASTER OF WALL ( see above ) has been done.

Among his creations there is one character which keep continuing following the work of the artist. Called Hanauta.

Hanauta guitare

Hanauta is also presented in musical composition surrounded by others characters directly coming from the “spiritual world”.

You can see him at the blockhouse in Harajuku, and in various exhibition in Tokyo.

Cover Little dragon _ Machine dreams - Hideyuki Katsumata

Sumo is crying
Mural work at Ikebukuro guesthouse.

WHY Asia Emarket LIKES Hideyuki Katsumata ?

Hideyuki Katsumata artworks are:

  • Strange,
  • Beautiful,
  • Colorful,
  • Good quality,
  • Dark/Sad.

If you are interested by his pieces, you can fin him on facebook:

 His facebook page.

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Ghibli in Pixel art

The Ghibli studios are object to many regards from all over the world, and it’s not a hazard if one of their movie “Spirited away” have been ranked number 4 in best movie of 21st century by the BBC. The colossal work of Ghibli inspire artist, fan artist and geek culture which always find a way to transform it.

In this serie, we will see the best of Ghibli realized in 8 bits as it would appear in old generation of video games. The pixel art as a trend more and more include in a contempory design movement.

Princess Mononoke.

8-bit-Ghibli ashitaka

8-bit-Ghibli Mononoke

Porco Rosso.

8-bit-Ghibli Porco Rosso

Castle in the sky.

8-bit-Ghibli le château dans le ciel


8-bit-Ghibli Pompoko

Howl’s Moving Castle.

Probably one of the most amazing production from Ghibli studio translated in pixel art. The moving castle itself in a first picture, follow by the team in a second.

8-bit-Ghibli le château ambulant

8-bit-Ghibli château ambulant

Kiki’s delivery service.

Or when Kiki and her cat flying with the seagulls.

8-bit-Ghibli Kiki la petite sorcière

My neighbor Totoro

8-bit-Ghibli Totoro bus


All the onirism of one of the most famous character for japanese, Ponyo, before being discovered.

8-bit-Ghibli Ponyo

The cat returns.

8-bit-Ghibli le royaume des chats

8-bit-Ghibli chat

Spirited Away.

A moment immortalized in collective memory or when the Noh-Face purpose all gold he can produce to a “too pure” Chihiro not ready to accept it…

8-bit-Ghibli chihiro bis

… and a more comic situation in the elevator when the little cutie should share the place with a massive, and smelly, guest.

8-bit-Ghibli Chihiro

More than a “like-catching”, we really wanted to share this images from this wonderful studio which always spread onirism in its stories, and realize than the imagery coming from Japanese subculture, and coming from geek subculture becomed a mainstream trend of contemporary age, and not anymore a hidden universe use by some.

Why do we like these designs in AsiaEMaket ?

  • Original
  • Expressive
  • Imaginative

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Opportunities to wear kimonos in Japan

The kimono is the most famous traditional Japanese cloth. Before the appartion of western style clothes in Japan, it was refering to all kind of clothing in feudal Japan. With its unique shape “in T”, it is nowadays more known for important occasions. Here is a summary of some opportunities to wear kimono in Japan.

The Shinto wedding.

One of the fundamental religion and one of the oldest in the country, Shinto shows an important respect of nature, family and ancestral traditions. At Shinto weddings, several rites have to be respected. After the rite of “Yuimono” where the groom comes to drink sake with his future wife in purpose to bound families, the couple and close families have to go to the sanctuary for purification and offerings to the gods (Kami). Kimono takes its importance at this moment.


The couple have to wear the traditional ceremony outfits. The bride has to wear the “shiromuku” which is a white kimono with symbols. The crane and lilies are a sign of happiness, that is why they are the most used symbols. The kimono comes in two forms, a thick model extending to the floor and composed of five layers, or a superposition of a dozen of thin and light kimonos.

The groom has only one choice: the traditional kimono which is usually in a dark blue color.

After sanctuary, the newlyweds have to offer gifts to their guests. This is one of the reasons for the extremely expensive cost of these ceremonies (in addition of kimonos).

Since a couple of years, Shinto weddings have been experienced many ups and downs. It was still widespread well into 1970s due to arranged weddings [called “Omiai”]. However, it was out of fashion later with a new preference for Western weddings. It made a return in the 2000s with several local celebrities who decided to get married in a traditional way bringing a renewed interest for the Japanese people.


Onsen is a hot natural spring outcome of volcanic sources and transformed into a bloodbath for spa. These famous baths, which are a real institution in Japan, are generally common and can be indoors or outdoors. Careful for modest people, nudity is generally required. The Yukata is worn before and after the bath.

It really has become over time a custom to travel in an onsen. We can almost talk about pilgrimage when Japanese visit a famous onsen. The best is to go to a Ryokan (a traditional Inn with a private spa).

Very important, onsen is not only used for relaxation. Onsen reputation also comes from the quality of water. Thanks to minerals, its volcanic sources show therapeutic virtues. They have the reputation to ease pain and heal many illness such as diabetes or skin diseases. Balneotherapy naturally appeared. Onsen-therapy should eliminate body malfunctions.

Matsuri (Obon celebration)

The Matsuri is a very popular and religious celebration (Shinto) which takes place in all localities of the country. First of all it is a way to honor the gods. And it is for this reason that Matsuri is held during important moments of the calendar as in spring when people celebrate rice transplantation. Or during summer to protect themselves from typhoons.

Some Matsuris are represented in the form of religious procession and are dedicated to the important deities such as “Amaterasu” the goddess of the sun, or to local deities. Many are those who try to climb mountains because many sanctuaries are established and it is an opportunity to practice religious ceremonies and meditation.

The buddhist matsuri called Obon (more than 500 years old) takes place in summer during the month of ghosts. It allows people to go to their hometown and to honor their ancestors (their spirit is allowed to go back to earth those days). They are responsible to give offerings to the spirits in order to reduce their pain.

To go for a walk in traditional Japan (for axample: in Gion)

When you decide to go for a walk in traditional Japan, you have more opportunities to see kimonos. Indeed, some parts of the country have kept all the folklore and  traditions like nowhere else. This is the case of Gion district.

Gion (today filed largely in the historical heritage, is a Kyoto district which was created for travelers and people interested in visiting adjacent Yasaka sanctuary. This Shinto shrine erected in 656 was rebuilt between 1654 and 1664 in purpose to be dedicated to “Kami Susa-no-o” the God of sea.

Today Gion is known for keeping its traditional architecture. Its “machiya” houses and r”ochaya” tea houses have kept all theur original beauty thanks to repairs organised by the city of Kyoto. The neighborhood is also famous for its Geishas (called Geiko in Gion). You can admire them with traditional clothes during the night but also during the day.