Classic Japanese woodblock prints to be shown in Beijing

Who doesn't love the Japanese woodblock prints known as ukiyo-e?

They once inspired Western modern artists, such as Vincent van Gogh, and impressionist painters including Claude Monet, who were known for collecting these vibrant prints from the East.

They are also favored motifs by fashion brands today who collaborate with museums owning ukiyo-e collections to launch clothing designs featuring popular images, such as

The Great Wave off Kanagawa from the

Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji series by Katsushika Hokusai.

Today Art Museum in Beijing will open a ukiyo-e exhibition on March 12, displaying works by Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Utagawa Sadahide, to name a few. 

The exhibition will bring viewers to the booming streets of Tokyo in the Edo period, which boasted charming views all year round, to experience the diverse lifestyles of the residents, and to hear the mythical tales of monsters and ghosts.