Sunday, 19 July 2015

A Postcard a Day - 19 July 2015 An uki-yo-e from Japan

Hello, good morning! 
What is an uki-yo-e you might well ask... well, the card I received from Japan not long ago shows one. Here it is:
It is a print or a painting. This one was sent to me by a girl called Taeko, and the scene depicts travellers looking at the view of Mount Fuji. It dates from 1830-1834. It is by an artist called Hokusai Katsushika.
I think it's beautiful. Thank you Taeko.

The stamps are impressive. 
I haven't been able to find any more info on the stamps unfortunately. The large one looks like a mythical bird of paradise. But still, they are both beautiful.

I looked up uki-yo-e and this is what I found in Wikipedia:
Ukiyo-e, or ukiyo-ye (浮世絵, Japanese: [], "pictures of the floating world"), is a genre of woodblock prints and paintings that flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries. It was aimed at the prosperous merchant class in the urbanizing Edo period (1603–1867). Amongst the popular themes were depictions of beautiful women; kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers; scenes from history and folk tales; travel scenes and landscapes; flora and fauna; and erotica.

That's it for today,
Have a blessed Sunday,

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