Daiba is an entertainment-rich district on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay. The area originated from a set of 12 small artificial fort islands (Daiba means ‘cannon fort’), built in 1853 shortly after the US Nave fleet led by Commodore Perry arrived in Tokyo Bay. Today only two cannon forts (No.3 and No.6) remain and are designated National Historic Sites.
This pattern has a motif of waves. As Japan is a country surrounded by the sea, patterns of waves can be found on everything – kimono, fabric, paper, pottery and lacquerware.
There are many words describing different types of waves – raging wave, rippling wave, evening wave, advancing and receding waves. Figurative expressions like male waves (high waves) and female waves (low waves) are sometimes used.