From Ukiyo-e to Japanese anime

The exhibition ‘Journey’ demonstrates the artistic influence of ukiyo-e, contemporary art, pop culture and other fields.

Studio City is presenting a unique exhibition, “Journey”, a diverse artistic exploration of the roots and influences of Japanese anime, merging it with manga, both of which have inspired film makers and urban street artists alike, who frequently look to Ukiyo-e and the Edo period as muses for their cultural creations.
Ukiyo-e, Japan’s genre paintings and prints, is a unique national art that emerged in the Edo period. It has a unique artistic tone and rich posture, and has enjoyed a high artistic status and achieved profound influence.
The mixed media installation Amanami Animated is a contemporary animated drawing from the roots of the Edo period, from ukiyo-e, and from the Japanese contemporary expression of the history, culture and traditions of the ama-san free divers who work in the Bay of Ise. This animation revisits and reimagines the patterns of the ukiyo-e, as a fictional ethnographic representation of the coastal landscape during the Edo period.
Modern Art Of Floating World is a collection of works from two of JPS Gallery’s artists, reinterpreting ukiyo-e through a contemporary lens and evoking resonance and retrospection by the viewer.
Also inspired by this, Maeda’s animation “Wave of the Waves”, is a fusion of the Japanese “Paper Zhiju” street theater and stop-motion animation, although the pattern refers to the elements of the ukiyo-e painter.
Inspired by ukiyo-e patterns, Southbend has created an animated artwork in the style of Japanese Kamishibai street theatre and stop-frame animation. His patterns are notably derived from the elements of the ukiyo-e painters.
“Bushi”, the iconic warrior knight, has inspired numerous narratives within the ukiyo-e world, boasting quests and battles fully deserving of their place in manga, anime and legend.
The visual references of anime abounding in Japan and beyond are seen as a visual signature of the nation. Both the contemporary genres of anime and manga can trace their roots and influences in the woodblock artform of ukiyo-e and its Edo-period heroes. Today, its influences can be readily identified in such varying media as computer games, toy culture, and the work of multimedia artists around the world.
Blingee, the work of Han Yajuan, a contemporary artist from China, depicts female consumers and the society they live in. Shojo manga (comics for girls) is a Japanese form reflecting their expectations and desires. Han Yajuan’s works combine these aspects as she paints the newly empowered female consumer and her surrounding society.
The video games, which are interwoven with the animation culture, have also become a major pastime of Japanese popular culture. The two have their own characteristics and influence each other.