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This exhibit represents a small part of our Japanese woodblock print collection. Special Collection holdings of Japanese "Ukiyo-e" (translated as pictures of the floating, or sorrowful, world) feature several artists who were instrumental in bringing this art form to life. The Japanese word ukiyo-e, or "pictures of the floating world," refers to the beautifully colored woodblock prints that depict scenes from everyday life in the 18th and 19th centuries. "Ukiyo-e prints are among the most revered and sought after works of Japanese art. Artist represented here are Torii Kiyonaga (1715-1815), Utagawa Toyokuni (1769-1825), Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950), Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849), Korin Ogata (1658-1716), and Eishi Hosoda (1756-1829).