Editor’s note: An exhibition of ukiyo-e woodblock prints opened in Beijing on Saturday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic relations.
The exhibition “Edo Fantasy” displays 140 sets of classic ukiyo-e woodblock prints at the China Millennium Monument, which show various aspects of the life and society in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868).
At the same time, “The Tale of Edo — Japanese Creative Market” being held alongside the exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to purchase Japanese designer stationery, kimono cosplay, snacks, and handicrafts.
Ukiyo-e is a unique Japanese folk print art that flourished in Japan during the Edo period. Artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of female figures, kabuki actors, local customs, natural scenery, flowers and birds.
Co-hosted by the China Millennium Monument and Beijing Wisdom Art & Culture Co. Ltd., the exhibition will run till early June.