Arts Everyday Living: The “Floating World” of Japan—A Starry Night

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“FLOATING WORLD” OF JAPAN

A STARRY NIGHT

 

Utagawa Hiroshige, Rendezvous Pine near the Asakusa River and the Ommaya Bank of the Sumida River, c. 1856-1858, woodblock print

Night is a world lit by itself.

Antonio Porchia*

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) ranks with Hokusai as a master portrayer of the ukiyo-e or “floating world,” scenes of Japanese everyday life in the 18th and 19th century; the work above is included in the artist’s series 100 Famous Views of Edo.  Antonio Prochia (1885-1968) was an Argentine poet, whose succinct verses have been compared to Japan’s haiku form.

*Original source of quote unknown.

The above image is used solely for educational purposes and in the U.S. public domain.

 

 

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