tips : Ukiyoe is a genre of woodblock print pictures that had flourished in Edo period; it depicts various customs of that time, such as courtesans and kabuki actors popular in those days, as well as landscapes. It is said that during Meiji period when porcelains were exported actively, Japanese people had used misprinted Ukiyoe as cushioning to prevent damages. When European people opened boxes with porcelains, they were surprised to see beautiful printed pictures being packed together, and the existence of those pictures became widely known instantly. Monet, the painter, loved Ukiyoe and he collected them personally. Also, Gogh was very fond of Ukiyoe and his enthusiasm was such that he collected almost 500 Ukiyoe prints; in his painting there are scenes where Ukiyoe is hung in the background.
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