Ukiyo-e graphic art presentation at the Japanese Embassy

On 22nd August 2019, a lecture and workshop about Japanese graphic art Ukiyo-e took place at the Embassy of Japan in Belgrade.

The presentation about Japanese graphic art Ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world), created in a woodblock printing technique, organized by the Embassy of Japan in Belgrade with support of JBAS member Epson and JBAS, has gathered JBAS members and admirers of Japanese culture.

Ambassador of Japan H.E. Junichi Maruyama greeted the participants and specially thanked company Epson, member of the Japanese Business Alliance, for contributing to the organization of this technique’s presentation, as well as Ukiyo-e artisans from Takahashi studio, who have travelled to Belgrade from Japan on this occasion.

Ambassador Maruyama has emphasized how important it is to contribute to the promotion of Japanese culture and expressed the expectation that the importance and potential of such promotion will be continuously recognized.

Ivana Kokalovic, Director of Epson’s representative office in Serbia has pointed out Epson’s dedication to the synergy of nurturing tradition and developing innovative technological solutions and expressed gratitude for having this opportunity to contribute to better understanding and bringing Japanese culture closer.

Through the Ukiyo-e demonstration, presented by Ukiyo-e artists, the participants had the chance to learn more about this art technique, which flourished in the Edo period and strongly influenced the development of the world’s modern art. How exclusive this opportunity was, shows the fact that there are only a few artisans of original Ukiyo-e technique today in Japan, in all three fields: illustration, wood printing and printing.

By demonstrating the Ukiyo-e woodblock printing technique, the participants had also the chance to better understand how precision, commitment to quality and a long-standing approach are essential parts of every aspect of Japan’s life.