Written by Katsushika Hokusai
Tōkyō, Pai Intānashonaru, 2011
Wilson Library, University of Minnesota Libraries
Original publication, Biyō [Nagoya]: Tōhekidō, 1817
Best known today for his ukiyo-e woodblock prints, Hokusai also played a formative role in the development of the Japanese comics tradition known as manga. Starting in 1814, he published a series of sketchbooks, Hokusai manga, as a guide and inspiration for aspiring artists. Sketching swiftly and grouping his wide-ranging subjects thematically, Hokusai anticipated many of the features that decades later would define modern Japanese manga: loose-limbed draftsmanship, rapid-fire pacing, dead-on caricature, and, on occasion, sequential storytelling.