WHAT IS UKIYO-E?
REFLECTING THE TIMES THROUGH UKIYO-E
Ukiyo-e, a multi-colored woodblock print, is a traditional Japanese craft that developed during the early to mid Edo Period (between around mid 1600's and mid 1700's). This tradition continues even today. Ukiyo-e depict beautiful women, Kabuki actor, sumo wrestler, and tourist spot; portrayed how life was back then. People during the Edo Period obtained news, newest fashion, travel trend, etc. from Ukiyo-e.
How is Ukiyo-e created?
Creation of Ukiyo-e involves three process of works done by three artisans; illustrator, woodcarver, and printer. "Nishiki-e" (multi-colored woodblock print) that appeared in the mid 1700's is a composite art produced by "Hanmoto" (publisher) who coordinates these three processes and artists, then finally a piece of Ukiyo-e is complete. These extraordinary skills have been passed on for more than 300 years, and are now recognized as “Japanese Traditional Handicraft” by Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.