Part 1 (English subtitled version)

Kurara: The Dazzling Life of Hokusai's Daughter

41m 30s
Broadcast on April 7, 2018 Available until July 24, 2023

The life of a talented painter trapped in the shadow of an iconic artist.

Kurara: Japanese word for dazzling, mesmerizing brilliance.
The act of painting was always "kurara" to O-Ei, the daughter of the Edo period master painter Katsushika Hokusai. Since her childhood, she was captivated by painting. O-Ei marries a town painter, but she soon chooses art over marriage and divorces him. Once she returns to the family home, she begins assisting her father. O-Ei is by his side as he completes his iconic "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" series. When Hokusai grew too old to wield his brush freely, O-Ei becomes his "brush" and paints on his behalf. It's during this time that she starts to grow a strong fascination with colors as she finally develops her own painting style.

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