JNTO Sydney unveils new Ukiyo-e Microsite
SYDNEY September 28, 2012 – Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Sydney Office has unveiled a new addition to our website, “Ukiyo-e Pop Art in Ancient Japan”, dedicated to travelling Japan with Ukiyo-e.
Ukiyo-e, a genre of Japanese woodblock prints and paintings produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries, featuring motifs of landscapes, tales from history and the theatre have been popularised by the renowned artists Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige. Hiroshige first travelled the Tokaido, the road between the two capitals of Japan Edo (old Tokyo) and Kyoto, in 1832 as part of an official delegation and later released a series of prints depicting various scenes of life and landscapes from his travels. Entitled “The Fifty Three Stations of the Tokaido” the series established Hiroshige as a prominent Ukiyo-e artist.
The new microsite (https://www.jnto.org.au/ukiyoe) features information about the Tokaido’s 53 stations (checkpoints) and some interesting tourist spots along the way. It presents fascinating scenes of ancient life and landscapes from Tokyo through the prefectures of Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Aichi, Mie and Shiga, all the way to Kyoto. This microsite aims to inspire people to discover travel through art.
JNTO Sydney office Executive Director, Hiroshi Kuwamoto says: “It is exciting for us to launch this new addition to our website. It gives another dimension to travel and provides travellers with the opportunity to experience Japan through art.”
Furthermore, people who answer a short questionnaire about travel to Japan from the ‘Discover Japan through Ukiyo-e competition’ section go into the draw to win a wonderful framed Ukiyo-e artwork reprint. The questionnaire is available now and entries are accepted until December 31st 2012.
Visit and explore “Ukiyo-e Pop Art in Ancient Japan” today! https://www.jnto.org.au/ukiyoe/
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