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The project combines both scholarly inquiry into a focused set of research questions and the creation of an innovative bilingual online resource for Hokusai research. Our questions build on the pioneering research of Roger Keyes. The Keyes catalogue raisonné of Hokusai’s prints is now held at the British Museum and is a primary inspiration for the project. The project will complement their findings on Hokusai’s paintings, drawings, prints, and illustrated books, by situating Hokusai more firmly in his historical and social context, by developing their insights into his technique, and by exploring Hokusai’s thought. We seek to understand: first, how Hokusai's art was animated by his thought and faith; second, how Hokusai’s mature style synthesized and redefined the diverse artistic vocabularies he had mastered earlier in his career, and how we can combine stylistic and seal analysis to help identify Hokusai’s genuine oeuvre; and finally, how Hokusai’s work was enabled by the networks that linked him to collaborators, pupils, patrons, and the public.