Ukiyo-e

Eat This Cup Noodle With Ice to Keep You Cool and Refreshed This Summer in Japan!

Summer in Japan is hot and humid, which is why it tends to be less popular than all the other seasons. Aside from summer festivals and the beach, there seems to be nothing much to look forward to. This is the reason Nissin Cup Noodle (日清カップヌードル) released a reprise of their Cup Noodle Somen (カップヌードル…

Will Ukiyo-e Art Posters on Japanese Trains Help People Mind Their Manners?

Try asking somebody to describe the Japanese in a few words and most often the answer will be “reserved” and “polite.” Japan is renowned for being a safe place to live where almost everything is pleasant. The majority of people are helpful and courteous with just a few visitors to Japan going home with tales…

Visit This Museum in Tokyo and Admire Japanese Artist Hokusai’s Work

Are you a fan of the ukiyo-e superstar, Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎)? He is a world-renowned Japanese artist of the Edo period. A museum known as the Sumida Hokusai Museum (すみだ北斎美術館) has recently opened in November 2016, which is a dedication to his artworks and masterpieces. It has been designed in ethereal forms and with a…

Check Out the Creative Traditional Japanese Portrayal of Captain America and Iron Man!

With the recent hype around the Hollywood movie, Captain America: Civil War, a Japanese Twitter user, @takumitoxin, recently created a beautiful illustration creatively capturing the fight between Captain America and Iron Man. What stood out especially is that the illustration was created in a way that resembles the traditional Japanese art style, ukiyo-e! Captain America…

Shunga, the Ancient Erotic Artworks Can Finally be Seen in Tokyo Museum

Literally meaning spring pictures, Shunga (春画) is a type of Japanese erotic art produced mainly in the Edo period (1603-1867). Executed in woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) or in painted handscrolls, it was used by both men and women of all classes. Banned and marginalized from art history discussions, its historical and artistic importance has been recently…

Ukiyo-e: Japanese Pictures of the Floating World

What is Ukiyo-e? Since antiquity, Japanese art had found patrons in aristocracy, military, and religious authorities. With their social status, they were the only ones capable of appreciating art. One of these forms which flourished in the country from the 17th through the 19th centuries is “ukiyo-e.” View this post on Instagram A post shared…

Star Wars as traditional Japanese ukiyo-e?

Star Wars is arguably one of the most famous film franchises in the world since its release in 1977. This popularity is growing even more so now that new films are being shot. Many people can become completely obsessed with the films, and with owning any collectables and paraphernalia. People even spend thousands of dollars…