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Ukiyo-e Series #1: Japanese Floating Worlds

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Never heard of “Ukiyo-e”? This is it: Katsushika Hokusai’s “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji – Kanagawa-oki nami-ura (The Great Wave off Kanagawa)”. Courtesy of The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum.

Women of the Edo period, a work by Utagawa Toyokuni. Courtesy of The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum.

Could this be the true origin of Manga? – “Hokusai Manga” by Katsushika Hokusai. Courtesy of Ohya Shobo Co. Ltd.

When you hear the word Ukiyo-e, you probably think of an old-fashioned type of Japanese art, or some hard to find antiques? Actually, these beautiful Japanese woodblock prints and paintings were produced between around the 17th to the 20th century. And we are sure that nearly everybody outside of Japan must have seen at least once Hokusai’s Great Wave Off Kanagawa: you will never forget this extraordinary image of smashing waves with their dramatically churning spindrift! A good point for PingMag to give a quick introduction to Ukiyo-e, a quite prolific genre in Japan that keeps on intriguing people all over the world – long after the European cubists and impressionists of the late 19th and 20th century got pretty influenced by it first.

Written by Ryoko
Translated by Natsumi Yamane

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