Ukiyo-e

Ukiyo-e is a anime/manga concept
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Woodblock carvings depicting scenes, usually from famous Japanese legends or other stories. Often considered a fore-runner to manga.

The roots of Ukiyo-e are in the end of the 16th century, but this gere became popular after the 1850's, when Japan started trade with foreign countries. Ukiyo-e prints were collected by the Impressionist painters, who found in them inspiration for their own art.
 
The procedure for making an Ukiyo-e is the following:
 
  1. the artist draws a master drawing in ink.
  2. the picture is pasted on a wooden block, in which the 'negative' is carved. Several blocks are used in an Ukiyo-e, each with a different shape and color.
  3. the blocks are inked to make prints part by part. The finished print has one or more imprints of all the blocks (they need to have a required color intensity).
 
One of the most famous Ukiyo-e artists is Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849); he crated the Ukiyo-e print by excellence: The Great Wave off Kanagawa. He is also said to be the creator of the term manga.
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Concept Name Ukiyo-e
Japanese Name: 浮世絵
Romaji Name: ukiyo-e
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