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See also: ukiyoe and ukiyoé


Kitagawa Utamaro - Toji san bijin (Three Beauties of the Present Day)From Bijin-ga (Pictures of Beautiful Women), published by Tsutaya Juzaburo - Google Art Project.jpg

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Borrowing from Japanese 浮世絵 (ukiyoe), from (uki, floating, fleeting) + (yo, world; era) + (e, image, picture).



ukiyo-e (plural ukiyo-e)

  1. A Japanese woodblock print or painting depicting everyday life. [from 19th c.]
    • 1946, "Approved by the Air Force", Time, 20 Jan 1946:
      Like many Ukiyo-e artists, Jacoulet hires woodcarvers and printers to convert his ideas into prints.
    • 1958, The Times, 2 Apr 1958, p.11 col. F:
      The masters of Ukiyo-e, the woodblock print, like Utamaro, immortalized its great courtesans and its famous houses of prostitution.
    • 2001, Glen David Gold, Carter Beats the Devil:
      Starling looked past Carter, to an ukiyo-e woodcut of a Kabuki player.


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