Ukiyo-e (usually written 浮世絵, meaning "pictures of the floating world", but also 憂き世絵, "pictures of the sad world") are paintings developed in the Edo period (1603–1867), many of them becoming widespread as woodblock prints in Japan in the 18th and 19th centuries (late Edo period). Ukiyo-e feature motifs of the theater and pleasure quarters, but may also cover history or mythology.




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