"Waves at Matsushima" at the Sackler Gallery in Washington DC

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artwork: Kawase Hasui (1883–1957) - Katsura Island, Matsushima, From the series Souvenirs of Travels, First Collection, Japan, summer 1919. Woodblock print; ink and color on paper. Courtesy of Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Robert O. Muller Collection.


WASHINGTON, DC.- Long revered as one of Japan’s most beautiful sites, Matsushima Bay endured the unleashing of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan March 11. Despite its proximity to the epicenter of the underwater earthquake, the site is one of the few places along the Sanriku coast that sustained less damage, mostly due to the buffering effect of the bay’s 260 pine-studded islands that lend the area its name. “Waves at Matsushima” on view at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery May 28 through July 5 pays homage to this iconic coastal site.