The second book I got at Kinokuniya last week is filled with amazing woodblock prints by Hokusai (1760-1849). The title, “Hokusai – First Manga Master” is a tad hokey perhaps but there’s no doubt that the rich visual culture of Ukiyoe has had a huge influence on manga’s visual storytelling and even on japanese culture in general. What comes to mind is the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, which earlier this year juxtaposed two wonderful exhibitions (thay I absolutely loved, especially together): Yoshitoshi’s Strange Tales and “Tezuka – The Marvel of Manga“.
Hokusai – First Manga Master is filled page after page with amazing woodblock prints and also two insightful introductions by Jocelyn Bouquillard and Christophe Marquet. I also own Hokusai – One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji from the same publisher. I highly recommend both.