Kanagawa Prefecture is the nearest sightseeing area to Tokyo. Its great variety of historical, cultural, and natural sightseeing spots attracts many visitors throughout the year. The port city of Yokohama represents the foundation of the cultural enlightenment era in the 19th century. Enjoy the rich international flavor of the Minato Mirai area and Chinatown, the historical atmosphere of Kamakura and Odawara, the excitement of the Shonan Beach area including Enoshima and Fujisawa, spectacular marine attractions at the Miura Peninsula, and the healing qualities of famous Onsen (Spa) resorts in Hakone and Yugawara. We sincerely look forward to welcoming you.
The Great Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa-oki nami-ura, lit. "Under a Wave off Kanagawa"), also known as The Great Wave or simply The Wave, is a woodblock print by the Japanese artist Hokusai. An example of ukiyo-e art, it was published sometime between 1830 and 1833 (during the Edo-era) as the first in Hokusai's series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjurokkei), and is his most famous work. This particular 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. While sometimes assumed to be a tsunami, the wave is, as the picture's title notes, more likely to be a large okinami – literally "wave of the open sea." As in all the prints in the series, it depicts the area around Mount Fuji under particular conditions, and the mountain itself appears in the background.
Copies of the print are in many Western collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the British Museum in London, The Art Institute of Chicago, and in Claude Monet's house in Giverny, France.