Ukiyoe

Japanese Animation Artist Brings Ukiyo-e Prints To Life With Charming Gifs And Back To The Future

Ukiyo-e, which translates to “image(s) of the floating world,” is a genre of Japanese art that thrived from the 17th to 19th centuries. Artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of everything from scenes of folk tales to erotica, and though the number of artists specializing in ukiyo-e has diminished since the genre was at its zenith, efforts are being made to bring it back into the modern art world. Some of these efforts include applying an Ukiyo-e aesthetic to popular franchises such as Star Wars, and legendary Iron Maiden mascot Eddie. One of the more charming and eccentric examples of this we have seen lately comes from Atsushi Segawa, a…

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Japan Celebrates Marine Day With Sneakers Inspired By Traditional Ukiyoe Art

From Respect for the Age Day to Mountain Day, Japan celebrates at least one public holiday during 11 of the 12 months throughout the year. The most recent holiday was Marine Day, which is celebrated on the third Monday of July. And while every resident took advantage of their day(s) off in their own ways, shoe fanatics got the chance to commemorate this year’s Marine Day with a brand new pair of Ukiyoe-Style sneakers from Puma. Source: PUMA Japan Source: PUMA Japan This isn’t the first time sportswear brands have released beautifully designed sneakers — we’ve previously seen sakura-embellished sneakers from Asics and Onitsuka Tiger, as well as Nintendo-themed sneakers…

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Japanese Illustrator Turns Life’s Awkward Yet Totally Relatable Moments Into Ukiyoe-Style Drawings

It’s a given that life has a bottomless stock of awkward moments for us to experience. But we tend to forget that we’re all human, and a lot of what we go through are relatable to the vast majority of people just trying to live their lives. Japanese illustrator Takayuki Yamada jots down such moments and turns them into relatable haikus written alongside ukiyoe-style illustrations. Though a web designer by day, in his free time the Fukuoka-based artist conjures his alter ego Yamada Zenjidou, a haiku poet from the Bakumatsu-Meiji periods living in a modernized society. Using the voice of Zenjidou, Yamada creates artwork reminiscent of traditional Japanese art that…

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Rolling Stones Meets Traditional Japanese Art In Limited Edition Ukiyo-e Prints

Proved by the truly badass ukiyo-e artworks of legendary rock bands KISS and Iron Maiden, hard rock and traditional Japanese art go hand in hand like rum and coke. Now it’s the turn of Rolling Stones fans to raise their glasses, because the iconic “Tongue and Lips” logo has gotten the ukiyo-e treatment in a series of epic woodblock prints. Ukiyo-e, which translates to “image(s) of the floating world,” is a genre of Japanese art that thrived from the 17th to 19th centuries. Artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of everything from scenes of folk tales to erotica, and though the number of artists specializing in ukiyo-e has diminished since…

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Combine Readings And Traditional Japanese Art With This Deck Of Ukiyoe Tarot Cards

It’s safe to say that the classic Rider-Waite deck is familiar to all readers of tarot cards, but there are myriad other designs of the same deck from which tarot practitioners can choose from. Tarot readers might select their favorite decks by sheer aesthetic beauty, or by artwork that inspires and helps them to complete meaningful readings. There’s a design for everyone — even tarot readers who have an interest in traditional Japanese art. Depicting the Major and Minor Arcana cards with pictures that look like they could be from a Japanese museum is the deck of ukiyoe tarot cards. This beautiful deck was first released back in 1982, but…

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Ukiyoe Ghost Encyclopedia Chillingly Combines Japanese Art And Horror

Japanese horror is known for its stories of vengeful ghosts seeking reprisal for an act of murder or betrayal, and their haunting narratives seem to slowly seep into our consciousness and leave a truly unsettling aftertaste. But as many people have found, there is beauty and attraction in even the most terrifying. Ghosts and monsters from old Japanese folktales were often models for traditional art, and stories of their becoming have been passed down through the centuries to many curious ears. Combining the beauty and horror of Japanese ghosts and monsters is the ukiyoe Japanese ghost encyclopedia. To be released on July 11th, 2016, it is a gorgeous book that…

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Artist Reimagines Pop Culture Favorites As Warriors In Ukiyoe Paintings

In recent times, Japanese ukiyoe artists have used the traditional Japanese art form to depict influential personages in modern pop culture. Musicians have been represented on ukiyoe paintings through legendary bands like KISS and Iron Maiden, and now, some of the most famous characters from movies, Japanese manga, and games are also appearing on unique ukiyoe art. Creating ukiyoe paintings of many of our favorites is Japanese painter Takao Nakagawa. In his Ukiyoe Character series, he gives a new touch to characters like Goku, Darth Vader, Mario, and the Hulk. The artist has explained that each character was drawn as samurai-in-combat. Nakagawa’s artwork not only imagines the popular characters as…

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