Wear Every Day: Great Wave | High Consumption
One of the most iconic works of art in history is The Great Wave off Kanagawa by 19th century artist Hokusai. The best-known example of the Japanese art form of woodblock printing known as ukiyo-e, The big wave was part of Hokusai’s iconic Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series that the artist made in the 1830s. Today, it is a widely recognized symbol of Japan and has been duplicated and imitated countless times around the world, while serving as a source of inspiration and wonder for people from all walks of life. We count ourselves among the admirers of the artwork, which is why we dedicated this week’s EDC broadcast to Hokusai’s masterpiece with a loadout celebrating Japanese culture and craftsmanship.
The Great Wave Enamel Pin
To start, we have a miniature reproduction of the work itself. Sold through the official store of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York — home to an original print of The big wave – this brooch serves as an impressive compact recreation of Hokusai’s work. Crafted from stainless steel and enamel, it even features a reinterpretation of the artist’s signature.
Nagao Higonokami Friction Folder
Speaking of Japanese icons, we have the Nagao Higonokami. First made in 1894 with a design inspired by samurai swords, the simple and beautiful friction back is now considered one of the most essential pocket knives to own. The version shown here is an authentic example made in Japan with a blue paper steel reverse tanto blade and a stainless steel handle with a blue/grey wave pattern.
Niwaki Rattan Tsubo Secateurs
Japan’s national gardening hobby goes hand in hand with the country’s art history, as both tend to honor simplicity, grace and natural beauty. An essential tool for any Japanese gardener is a good pair of pruning shears. These special shears are used for cutting, pruning, pruning, and more, and here we have an excellent pair from the Japanese gardening tool specialists at Niwaki. These one-handed pruners are forged from premium S58C carbon steel in Sanjo, Japan, with handles wrapped in comfortable, natural Wisteria rattan.
Grand Seiko Shosho GMT
For more than 60 years, Grand Seiko has represented the pinnacle of Japanese watchmaking – and the global luxury brand just keeps getting better. In recent years, GS has started a tradition of launching annual “Seasons” collections that celebrate some of Japan’s 24 sekki (micro-seasons) with dials inspired by the country’s renowned natural beauty. In 2021, the collection included four GMT watches, the most notable being the SBGJ249. Representing Shōsho, Japan’s high summer period after the rainy season, this Hi-Beat Automatic watch features an incredible wavy dial that represents the warm summer breezes blowing over the recently replenished lakes and ponds of the countryside. .