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Pictures of the Floating World

Create your own story

This education resource accompanies the exhibition Pictures of the Floating World (2005) which presented more than 100 Japanese woodblock prints from the NGV’s collection. Ukiyo-e (literally ‘pictures of the floating world’), was applied to the popular arts of painting, woodblock prints and illustrated books that depicted life in the great urban centres of Japan in the Tokugawa period (1615–1888). This innovative resource features an interactive animation that allows students to create their own stories using the characters and backgrounds of the Pictures of the Floating World. It also provides background information on the Ukiyo-e art form and the heroic and supernatural characters it depicted.