Woodblock printing in Japan (‘Moku-hanga’) is a technique used in the ‘ukiyo-e’ art genre, but it was also used for printing books in the same period. Ukiyo-e flourished in Japan from the 17-19th century. Artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of such subjects as female beauties; kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers; scenes from history and folk tales; travel scenes and landscapes; flora and fauna and erotica. The term translates as “pictures of the floating world”.
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