The Occidental ocean wave may be stylized as one of the single elements of the wavy-crested line of partition; or it may be drawn naturalistically, with foam and spray. These stylizations are considered either “landscape heraldry” or intrusively modern, and are therefore disallowed.
In Japanese Mon, the nami or Great Wave employs a different stylization, as borne by Oguri [Hawley 75]; but it cannot be described using European blazonry terms. This brings it outside the Society’s domain; it is therefore disallowed.
The Society’s default for waves changed over the years; both dexter-facing and sinister-facing waves have been called the default. (Dexter-facing waves have been default more often, and both the illustrated waves face dexter.) The most recent Society practice has been to blazon the wave’s orientation explicitly. For related charges, see stream.
Genevieve du Puits bears: Azure, a wave reversed argent and in chief a sun sable, fimbriated argent.
Ryugen Morite bears: Sable, a Japanese dragon’s head issuant from a Great Wave reversed issuant from sinister increscentwise argent.