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Tokaido13 Hara

"Hara", 13th station of The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō, ukiyo-e prints by Hiroshige, 1833–34.

Ukiyoe Brushes were used to paint/draw Ukiyo-e. The Ukiyo-e genre of woodblock prints and paintings flourished in Japan primarily from the 17th to 19th centuries. Aimed at the common people in the urbanizing Edo period (1603–1867), depictions of beautiful women, popular actors, scenes from history and folk tales, travel scenes, and landscapes were amongst the more popular motifs. The term "ukiyo-e" ("pictures of the floating world"; Japanese: 浮世絵; Japanese pronunciation: [u.ki.jo.e]) derives from the word ukiyo, the "floating world" of the urban pleasure districts of Edo-period Japan (1603–1867)—the entertainments of kabuki theatre, courtesans, and geisha) divorced from the responsibilities of the mundane, everyday world.

The novelist contemporary to the time period, Asai Ryōi, in his Ukiyo monogatari (浮世物語 "Tales of the Floating World", c. 1661?), provides some insight into the concept of the floating world. The art form rose to great popularity in the metropolitan culture of Edo (Tokyo) during the second half of the 17th century, originating with the single-color works of Hishikawa Moronobu in the 1670s. At first, only India ink was used, then some prints were manually colored with a brush, but in the 18th century Suzuki Harunobu developed the technique of polychrome printing to produce nishiki-e.

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