Ukiyo-e

There are many Japanese traditional arts.  One of my favorite is Ukiyo-e (浮世絵), it literally means floating world pictures.  Ukiyo-e is woodblock printing that became popular in the Edo Period.  It usually features landscapes, entertainment(kabuki, courtesans, geisha), historical events, daily life scene and so on.

This is one of the most well known ukiyo-e, The Great Wave of Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai.  I’m sure if you are interested or have learned Japanese culture you have seen this:

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Check out these cool modern ukiyo-e art by these non-Japanese ukiyo-e artists Dave Bull and Jed Henry, artists of Ukiyo-e Heroes.  They take game characters and put it in a ukiyo-e form.  Here are some cool work from Ukiyo-e Heroes.

Mega Man

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Mario

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Pokemon

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Donkey Kong

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