April 30, 2021
One of the great Japanese Ukiyo-e works, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, seen as a symbol of brave human beings who are able to face difficulties and forge ahead tenaciously, is now being turned into a satirical symbol on Chinese social media.
One adaption of the masterpiece, created by an illustrator from Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning province, recently became a hit with netizens on Chinese social media Sina Weibo.
The white spray at the crest of the waves was recreated as deformed human fingers, twisted babies, and mutated marine creatures struggling in the sea. Japanese bureaucrats in ties are bowing and apologizing for their wrong decision, while workers wearing protective clothing and gas masks pour buckets of nuclear wastewater into the sea.