The sea in Japan

Where to go to the sea in Japan?

The sea (海 umi), an element of openness to the world, but also of isolation, has played a fundamental role in the history and development of Japan. Today, it is a source of important economic components and geography. Essential to the Shinto rites and omnipresent in Japanese culture, it is a part of its identity. 

Every summer, the seaside resorts celebrate the beginning of the summer season with the ceremony of "opening of the sea ", Umi biraki. Shinto priests honor the sea deity to ensure the safety of the public.

The sea has also been magnified or represented in many Japanese works of art over the centuries. Hokusai's " The Great Wave off Kanagawa" (1830) is arguably his most famous representation in the West.



The famous Grand Blue Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai Katsushika, after 36 drunk Mount Fuji, is a perfect example of ukiyo-e, or the image of a transient world and floating.

The famous "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" by Hokusai Katsushika is a perfect example of ukiyo-e, or image of a transient and floating world.


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