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    Glossary Term
    Ukiyo-e - Japanese Woodblock Printing

    (Also "ukiyo e" and "ukiyoe")

    English Definition:
    The Japanese woodblock print genre of art, literally, "Pictures of the floating world"

    Woodblock printing was popular during the Edo Period (1600-1868) in Japan, chiefly among the Japanese middle classes. Subject matter tended to cover the brothel districts and Kabuki theaters in the form of greeting cards and single-sheet prints, as well as albums and books. Major ukiyo-e artists included Utamaro, Hokusai and Hiroshige.

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