A monograph about Ikkyu Sojun (1394-1481), Japanese Zen monk, poet, artist, calligrapher and the embodiment of cultural and spiritual life of his time, Muromachi epoch.
This article investigates the meaning of the title and sur-heading of Hokusai Manga (subsequently in this text – HM) and provides a detailed analysis of the term manga which is difficult to understand and translate. In doing so, it puts HM into the context of the early modern Japanese picture-books and offers an attempt to classify its genre.
"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.