HISTORY


WHAT IS UKIYO-E?

Yoshu Chikanobu,  Touring Asuka Park,  1888

Yoshu Chikanobu, Touring Asuka Park, 1888

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.

Carving the KISS x UKIYO-E PROJECT  Monstrous  Ukiyo-e

Carving the KISS x UKIYO-E PROJECT Monstrous 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.

Yoshu Chikanobu,  Beautiful Women of the Present Day , 1890

Yoshu Chikanobu, Beautiful Women of the Present Day, 1890