Hokusai: Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji
By WEI YAO
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* The classic ukiyo-e art re-created on iPad!
* Beautifully designed: clean and simple.
As the master of Japanese ukiyo-e art, Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji is one of the greatest works in art history. We want to bring this great artistic experience of looking at ukiyo-e art on your iPad.
★ Beautiful layout and clean Japanese design
★ English-Chinese bilingual
★ HD art works, biography of Hokusai and stories of ukiyo-e
★ Background Japanese music
Ukiyo-e (浮世絵 literally "pictures of the floating world") is a genre of Japanese woodblock prints (or woodcuts) and paintings produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries, featuring motifs of landscapes, tales from history, the theatre, and pleasure quarters. It is the main artistic genre of woodblock printing in Japan.
Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (富嶽三十六景) is an ukiyo-e series of large, color woodblock prints by the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849). The series depicts Mount Fuji in differing seasons and weather conditions from a variety of different places and distances. It actually consists of 46 prints created between 1826 and 1833. The first 36 were included in the original publication and, due to their popularity, ten more were added after the original publication.
Extremely beautiful, clean UI, quite, simple!
Low-resolution images and an inconsistent UI
The images from Hokusai's famous series are lovely, but that's due to the artist. not the app. The digitized versions used in this app are low resolution; pixelated and stair-stepped, even before stretching the image to see the wealth of detail the artist included in the scenes. They look especially poor on a device with a retina display.
The user interface is inconsistent. The app presents English text in portrait orientation, and Japanese in landscape. The images in landscape mode are much larger, but English speakers don't get to choose to see both their own language and the larger images. A double-tap on an image enlarges it, but without reference to the underlying physical screen size, so the new image size is neither optimal in size nor is well-positioned on the screen.
In addition to the the original series of 36 woodblocks, the app includes another group of 10 images which were not published with the original subscription, but which are equally lovely. However, although one can switch from image to image with a swipe gesture for the original 36, that doesn't work at all for the additional 10; it's a completely different UI model, where the 10 thumbnail images are always present, and one changes from one image to another by tapping on a thumbnail. In contrast, a swipe gesture while looking at the 10 additional images changes the mode of the app to a short presentation of ukiyo-e, consisting of a few scrollable paragraphs, and a few unidentified images from other artists. These images are larger than thumbnails, but not large enough to really see well, and can't be enlarged. (These images are also very famous ones.)
There is a single piece of music available as a background track, lasting for several minutes. It's a composition performed on koto, and is very nice. It's also nice that the developers chose to use an entire real performance, rather than a short loop. Neither the composer nor the performer is identified or credited, at least in the English-language materials.
Because the series of "36 Views of Mt. Fuji" is so famous, and has long ago passed into the public domain, there are many high resolution images available on the web. I'd suggest that you just search for them, and look at them there. This app isn't worth the space it takes, in its current form.
- Category: Lifestyle
- Released: Feb 27, 2013
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 65.5 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: WEI YAO
- © 真度文化
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.