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Japanese LEGO Artist Recreates Hokusai’s “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa” Using LEGO Bricks

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Jumpei Mitsui is a Japanese LEGO artist and the youngest LEGO Certified Professional in the world. In one of his latest projects, the artist created a 3D replica of Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa using LEGO bricks, and the end result turned out absolutely incredible.

According to LEGO, Jumpei became a professional builder while he was still a student at the University of Tokyo. Back in 2010, the man has even received a president’s award of university for contribution to society. Jumpei’s specialty is large sized sculptures related to animals, characters, and structures, and he mostly works with corporations.

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Japanese LEGO artist Jumpei Mitsui recently created a 3D LEGO replica of Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa

Image source: Jumpei_Mitsui

The artist says he wanted to create a piece like this for many years, and has now finally made his dream a reality. ” I got an
opportunity to build it from Hankyu (a major railway company in Japan) which supports my art activities,” said Jumpei in an interview with DeMilked.

Here’s how Hokusai’s original woodblock print looks

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The original woodblock print was created by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai in the early 19th century, and is considered one of the most widely recognized pieces of Japanese art in the world.

The artist did extensive research about the structure of rogue waves before building the sculpture

Image source: Jumpei_Mitsui

It took Jumpei 400 hours and 50,000 LEGO bricks to build this incredible sculpture.

Jumpei says it’s the best wave he’s ever built using LEGO bricks

Image source: Jumpei_Mitsui

During his career as a professional LEGO builder, Jumpei produced commissions for various companies, TV, and publications. The man also works in the area of education using basic LEGO bricks.

The artist is one of only 21 LEGO Certified Professionals in the world

Image source: Jumpei_Mitsui

Jumpei’s amazing LEGO sculptures have been displayed in countries like Japan, Thailand, and Malaysia.

The sculpture is currently on display in the Hankyu Brick Museum in Hankyu Sanbangai, Osaka

Image source: Jumpei_Mitsui

The artist also has a YouTube channel where he teaches both basic and advanced LEGO building techniques – check it out here!

Check out a video of the sculpture below

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One day, this guy just kind of figured - "I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?" - and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that's trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that's too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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