Woodblock printing is a traditional Japanese art form that has
become well recognized across the world. Known as Ukiyo-e, meaning
pictures of the floating world, these prints often took scenes of
nature and everyday life as their subject matter. Ukiyo-e became
popular in Japan in the seventeenth century, during the Edo period.
The picture shown above is titled "The Hollow of a Wave off
the Coast of Kanagawa," and is one of the more famous prints
internationally. It was done by Hokusai in 1827. For more information
on Ukiyo-e, here is an extensive
Woodblock printing is still practiced today in Japan and around
the world, as well as other more modern types of printing.