Did you know?: Ukiyo-e, traditional Japanese art

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

Japanese manga has quickly become a popular comic genre worldwide, but long before Sailor Moon, Pokémon and ONE PIECE, a different art form was used for storytelling in the country. Ukiyo-e, literally translated to “paintings of the floating world,” dates back to the Edo Period (1603-1867) uses woodblock prints and paintings to capture portraits of kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers, travel scenes and landscapes. The art was simple and produced at a relatively low cost, allowing for it to be purchased and appreciated by many.

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