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In Japanese art you’ll find classical woodblock prints and designs that belongs to the genres Ukiyo-e and Kacho-é.

Ukiyo-e translate to “Pictures of the floating world” and it is a style of Japanese woodblock prints and paintings. The floating world is the sensory world – it is the fleeting nature of the world and the pictures in the Ukiyo-e tradition covers both nature, food and erotic scenes.

The original ukiyoe prints were popular and widespread from the 17th century and on. In the late 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, Japanese art gained popularity and the ukiyo-e prints were exhibited and exported to both Europe and the US.

Kacho-é is a subgenre of ukiyo-e, where the main subject is birds and flowers, often depicted together.