Edo Society

The term 'floating world' referred in particular to life in the entertainment districts that housed the pleasure quarters and the popular kabuki theatre, but the word also carried connotations of being modern, affluent, chic and fashionable.
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Kabuki theatre

'Actor prints' served both to advertise and to commemorate kabuki performance. The most popular actors had superstar status and attracted large, enthusiastic fan clubs. Prints would be issued to coincide with a performance and purchased by fans.
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Traditional printmaking

Two of the videos on the left present aspects of traditional Japanese printmaking. The first shows the techniques and the second discusses aspects of the tools used in printmaking.

Traditional music

Five of the videos on the left show musicians playing traditional Japanese instruments: taiko (drums), shakuhachi (flute) and shamisen (strings).


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