"Hokusai manga" occupies a special place in the artistic heritage of Katsushika Hokusai. In its 15 volumes with ca. four thousand of figures and subjects, Hokusai created an encyclopedia of old Japan in pictures. This articles investigates the beginnings of the manga genre and pays a special attention for the interpretation of the enigmatic words "denshin kaishu" in its title. A problem of collaboration of Hokusai with other artists is discussed as well as the forms of his personal output.
Despite arduous missionary efforts and considerable amounts of money spent upon Christian evangelistic activities, Christianity remains in great minority in Japan, numbeer of its proponents being at the rate about 1-2% of the whole population of the country. In comparison, in the neighbouring China the total Christian population is about 5-10 % of the whole population, and in Korea - 30-50%. This article attempts to describe factors that have had negative influence upon the spread of Christianity in the country.