Marine Day
US $315

Marine Day
Papers – Fabriano, cartridge, card
Framed size 640 x 450mm
This artwork is inspired by Katsushika Hokusai’s work “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”
What is it?
Marine Day - Umi no Hi, also known as "Ocean Day" or "Sea Day", is a Japanese national holiday usually celebrated on the third Monday in July. The purpose of the holiday is to give thanks to the ocean's bounty and to consider the importance of the ocean to Japan as an island nation.  As an archipelago, Japan’s identity, economy and culture is strongly connected to the ocean.
Umi no Hi is a chance to raise awareness of the effects of pollution and climate change as well as a time for people to get environmentally friendly, organising beach clean-ups and doing their part to try and improve the health of the sea.
People go to the beach to swim, snorkel, surf or dive, and aquariums also host special water-related events on this day.
Marine day was designated in 1941 to commemorate the Meiji Emperor and his 1876 voyage in the Meiji Maru, an iron steamship constructed in Scotland. It was originally celebrated on 20 July until it became a public holiday in 1996 and moved to the third Monday of the month.
As the last port of call on Emperor Meiji’s 1876 voyage, Yokohama celebrates Marine Day in style with a two-day Sparkling Twilight event. Held over the weekend before Umi no Hi, the event features ships decorated with lights, marine rescue demonstrations, colourful parades of ships and floats, and firework displays over the ocean.
Fun Facts
People may also participate in an event called ‘mud-ball throwing’. Mud-balls are composed of ‘Effective Micro-organisms" (EMs), which help break-down and eliminate sea grime and to help get rid of contaminants on the seabed.

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