A good looking passport? That almost never happens but the world’s most powerful passport, the Japanese, is changing that.
Japan is issuing passports featuring art by ukiyo-e master Katsushika Hokusai to Japanese citizens who applied after February 4. This form of art - Ukiyo-e, is a genre of mass-produced Japanese woodblock prints that display everything from theater announcements and landscapes to sumo wrestlers and even salacious erotica.
The new passports will feature the "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" series created by Hokusai in the 19th century, which features one of Japan's best-known ukiyo-e prints, "The Great Wave off Kanagawa."
The prints on the new passports serve as background for the visa pages used for entry and exit stamps. The front page design remains the same.
The 10-year passport has 54 pages, excluding the front cover. Each of the 24 works that compose the "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" will be used as a single work on the 48 pages of the back cover, personal information page and visa column.
Sixteen works from the series will be used on 32 pages for the 5-year Japanese passport.
Can we please see this creativity on the Indian passports too?