In 1903, Mori Yuzan – a little known Japanese artist from Kyoto – has created a 3 volume book titled ‘Hamonshū’. The books featured various traditional Japanese wave designs and were created to serve as inspiration for local craftsmen. Over a hundred years have passed since the books were published and now you can download and browse them for free on the Internet Archive.
Although the books originally were created as inspiration for the decoration of traditional items, like swords and sculptures, nowadays they can be used for anything you can think of. If you are looking for a neat tattoo design or just want something relaxing to look at, these books might be just what you need.
Check out the traditional Japanese wave art in the gallery below!
In 1903, Mori Yuzan created an illustration book titled ‘Hamonshū’
The 3 volume book features traditional Japanese wave designs
They were created to serve as inspiration for local craftsmen 115 years ago