Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Japan's great wave

The Tsunami devastation in Japan last friday is maybe the most recorded worst calamity of such magnitude in world's history. It's as if seeing a disaster-themed-movie of hollywood in every varried perspectives so graffic that you wouldn't want an encore.

The earthquake prepared Japan was caught off guard to the big waves' wrath. The 8.9 shake magnitude has not hurt the skyscrappers of Japan but the unexpected tsumani in just a short span of time washed out any structures that stand on its way.

Everybody's nose seemed to be on this because this could happen any time in any parts of the world. It is understood that people living near the shorelines up to this writing, have paranoia of  the great wave that might swallow them whole.

Tsunami is from the the Japanese words tsu - harbor and nami - wave. There are many other local names for tidal waves (especially those countries included in the Pacific ring of fire), but the Japanese version seemed to be the most popolar and widely used.

I suspect that like the earthquake, tidal wave was not strange to Japan even in the olden times. Proof to this is the classic masterpiece (shown above) by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. Its a painting in a woodblock called "The great wave off Kanagawa". This is one of my favorite Japanese art styles aside from the more modern manga art. This is included in the series of prints depicting the different perspective of Mt. Fuji in different seasons.

I used to admire with outmost amazement this print but with the recent devastation in Japan, it is forever changed. Never did i imagine that this print has an apocalyptic message written all over it and it's far worst than what's painted.

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