woodblock prints

Ukiyoe Heroes woodblock printmaker shares secrets of the trade with fun print parties in Tokyo

Spending time with a world-famous printmaking craftsman while creating your own handmade souvenir is one of the best experiences you can have in Tokyo.

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Video game battles as woodblock prints, “Ukiyo-e Heroes: Boss Fights” now available online 【Pics】

Over ten new designs showing off battles so epic they transcend art periods.

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Beautiful ukiyo-e woodblock print artwork appears on three of Japan’s premium beer brands

The works of Hokusai and others, admired for more than a century, lend a touch of class to your appreciation of a cold one.

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Japanese rail company uses ukiyo-e posters to ask commuters to mind their manners on the train

The ever-growing series of traditional artworks is grabbing everyone’s attention for its beauty and humour.

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Beautiful ukiyo-e tarot cards are East-meets-West in more ways than one

Japan’s famous woodblock prints meet Occidental-style fortune-telling.

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Tokyo’s beautiful new license plates are based on one of Japan’s most famous woodblock paintings

Ukiyo-e master Hokusai’s iconic seascape is now appearing on eligible motor vehicles in the capital.

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Ukiyo-e Heroes: Amazing Nintendo woodblock prints created via traditional, handmade methods【Pics】

Mario, Pokémon, Link, Star Fox and more are brought to life through the same process used 200 years ago.

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Pokémon becomes fine art with series of two hand-crafted Pikachu woodblock prints fans can buy

Pokémon look more distinguished than ever in authentic ukiyo-e that pay homage to a pair of feudal Japan’s greatest artists.

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Japan’s new ukiyo-e passports are going to look awesome

When Japanese travelers go abroad, they’ll be taking some of the country’s most famous and beautiful examples of woodblock print artwork with them.

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Kabuki and geisha cats appear as cute purses based on famous Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints

Edo-period artwork gets the cute cat treatment in Japan.

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Wearable waves: Russian designer creates garments inspired by Hokusai woodblock prints

Wear a wave to your next party with designs inspired by one of Japan’s most famous ukiyo-e woodblock prints.

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Adorable, whimsical pictures of animals painted by old-school Japanese masters

Japanese ukiyo-e painters from the Edo period (1603-1868) are now famous throughout the world for their exquisite woodblock prints depicting everyday Japanese life and the natural world. Such master painters are less well-known, however, for their humorous contributions to the art world, which often feature whimsical scenes of anthropomorphic animals. Fortunately for us, though, these types of pictures are experiencing a recent wave of popularity among Japanese Internet users, and these images are simply too cute for us to just pass up. We’ve got fish, cats, puppies, monkeys, and a few more surprises from the masters in store for you after the jump!

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Digital artist brings traditional Japanese ukiyo-e to life as animated GIFs, adds lasers and UFOs

When someone mentions GIFs, it usually calls to mind one of two things; funny TV show clips posted as responses on forum threads, or a burning desire to assert to anyone and everyone that it’s definitely g-if and not j-if, no matter what the creator says.

However, despite their usual inanity, these sputtering animations can actually be mini works of art in their own right. One Japanese ‘gif artist’ has used modern-day computer wizardry to bring to life traditional ukiyo-e scenes in humorous and entrancing ways.

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Tokaido ukiyoe series by Hiroshige now free to share, we celebrate with five favourites

Lovers of Japanese art and history will be familiar with the world-famous set of ukiyo-e woodblock prints known as “The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido.” Created in the 1800s by famed artist Utagawa Hiroshige, the collection is a series of landscape paintings from each of the post stations on the ancient coastal walking route from Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto and is frequently praised for the way it captures the spirit and essence of old Japan.

While the masterful works have garnered fans around the world, when it comes to sharing the images online, things haven’t been so easy. Now, limitations have been lifted and the beautiful series is free to share without copyright restrictions. What better way to celebrate the good news than to share some of the best with you, our dear readers?

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