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To experience Kobayashi Kiyochika’s woodblock prints depicting a 19th-century Tokyo in flux is to experience the foreshadowing of film noir.

The most famous depiction today of a wave may be Hokusai’s block print, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa.” Not only is it a beautiful, stylized evocation of the sea’s power but also a layered testament to the illusion of solidity (Mount Fuji poking up in the background) and human frailty (those poor fishermen cowering in their…