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Collectors of Japanese woodblock prints are used to a great number of specific terms and expressions taken from the Japanese language. It begins with the word ukiyoe, used as a synonym for Japanese woodblock prints, which is certainly not part of everyday's English.
Six ukiyo-e book recommendations.
This article is an overview on the best-known ukiyo-e artists. Newbie level!
Hasui Kawase is one of the great masters of the shin hanga movement. Shortly before his death, he was declared a Living National Treasure by the Japanese government. Hasui was the first artist to receive this great award.
Noh theater, compared to kabuki, is the more refined, aristocratic form of Japanese theater. Paul Binnie, the author of this article lived in Tokyo for more than five years and became an expert and afficionado for Japanese theater.
Noh Theater - Introduction
Ando Hiroshige is usually connected with landscape and nature prints. Together with Hokusai he is considered as the dominant figure of printmaking in the first half of the nineteenth century.
Hiroshige - his Biography
Yoshitoshi Tsukioka lived during a period of incredible turmoil and upheaval in Japan. After the forced opening of the country by a US fleet, Japan underwent an often bloody transition from a feudal society to modern Japan. Yoshitoshi's personal life was like an analogy of this difficult era.
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Biography
By Peter Ujlaki, reprinted from Daruma magazine # 26.
Heaps of Fun with Hikifuda