In the 13th century, the Mongols attempted to invade Japan. However, a typhoon kept them from being able to attack. The Japanese called this “kamikaze”, a divine wind.
In this image, the wave was painted by a famous Japanese artist, Hokusai. He used the art style called ukiyo-e and it is created with woodblock prints. Although, it was not painted as the storm that kept the Mongols from landing in Japan, it is a perfect representation because of the ties it has to Japanese culture and the powerful connotations of the painting.
Drawings of Mongol ships were superimposed on the wave to represent the Mongol army attempting to invade Japan.
Click on the photo to read an essay about the Mongols’ attempted invasions and their effects on the decline of Kamakura shogunate, the government at the time.