Folk and Popular Artists
What is Japanese Folk Culture?
Another very well known kind of folk art is ukiyo-e woodblock printing. Woodblock prints were commonly used in the eighteenth century to disseminate Buddhist scriptures. However, in 1765 new technology allowed for colors and printing was not just used for reproducing texts, it became a way to create art. The woodblock printing process included four workers; the designer, the engraver, the printer and the publisher. One of the most famous results of this art is The Great Wave At Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai.
Folk Culture Examples
This is an older style of art called ukiyo-e woodblock printing. Originally this was used to disseminate Buddhist scriptures. Around 1765 though, new technology allowed color to be added to print projects inciting even more creative ways for printing to be used.
This demonstrates the same printing style as Katsushika but with a different subject and different purpose. After this, Suzuki used colored prints commercially. He created ads using printing techniques and colored ink.
This piece is an example of literati or ink wash painting. This is a gray-scale piece, in which only black ink was used. The variation of shade was achieved by applying varying amounts of ink. The less ink applied the lighter the shade and vice versa.
What is Popular Culture?
Popular Culture Examples
Pokemon has been a famous manga, anime, and video game for more then 15 years. The games encourage strategic thinking and, in many cases, basic math skills. The anime follows the adventures of Ash Ketchum and his squad as they ultimately try to catch and record all the Pokemon.
Death Note is a manga/anime created by writer Tsunami Ohba and illustrator Takeshi Obata. The series centers around a high school student who finds a book that allows him to kill anyone by writing their name in the book while picturing their face.
Sword Art Online
Sword Art Online is a manga/anime series written by Reki Kawahara. The setting takes place in a video-game distopia as players who experience the virtual reality become trapped in the game and can't escape. If you die in the game, then you die in real life.