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 +[[Image:The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai.jpg|thumb|right|200px|''[[The Great Wave off Kanagawa]]'' (between [[1823]]-[[1829|29]], [[woodblock printing in Japan|woodblock printing]] by [[Hokusai]]]]
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-:One of the most important Japanese contemporary [[illustrator]]s, [[Toshio Saeki]] (1945) "is the godfather of [[Japanese erotica]] — the one illustrator in the [[frenetic]], [[oversexed]], [[comics]]-crazy nation whose [[imagination]] outpaces all others." His works combine classic Japanese imagery in very [[bizarre]] [[sexual]] settings. Samurai or school girls breaking all the imaginable and unimaginable [[taboo]]s are some of the images he constantly draws. His works have been collected in books such as ''Chimusi I'', Chimusi II (distributed in the US by [[Last Gasp]]), and ''In-Ken-Ka''.+'''Japanese art''' covers a wide range of art styles and media, including ancient pottery, sculpture in wood and bronze, ink painting on silk and paper, and a myriad of other types of works of art. It also has a long history, ranging from the beginnings of human habitation in [[Japan]], sometime in the 10th millennium BC, to the present.
-:"If you look at Saeki’s art outside of its cultural sphere, you may be troubled by its violence." - [[Robert Crumb]].+[[Painting]] is the preferred artistic expression in Japan, practiced by amateur and professional alike. Until modern times, the Japanese wrote with a [[brush]] rather than a [[pen]], and their familiarity with brush techniques has made them particularly sensitive to the values and [[aesthetics]] of painting. With the rise of popular culture in the [[Edo period]], a style of [[woodblock printing|woodblock prints]] called ''[[ukiyo-e]]'' became a major artform and its techniques were fine tuned to produce colorful prints of everything from daily news to schoolbooks. The Japanese, in this period, found [[sculpture]] a much less sympathetic medium for artistic expression; most Japanese sculpture is associated with [[religion]], and the medium's use declined with the lessening importance of traditional Buddhism.
-:Calling [[John Ashroft]]. via [http://www.turbanhead.com/weblog/2003/01/31/fridays-foreigner/]+[[Japanese pottery|Japanese ceramics]] are among the finest in the world and include the earliest known artifacts of their culture. In [[Japanese architecture|architecture]], Japanese preferences for natural materials and an interaction of interior and exterior space are clearly expressed.
-[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/{{PAGENAMEE}}] [May 2007]+Today, Japan rivals most other modern nations in its contributions to modern art, fashion and architecture, with creations of a truly modern, global, and multi-cultural (or acultural) bent.
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 +== See also ==
 +*[[Hokusai]]
 +*[[Hajime Sorayama]]
 +*[[Ero guro nansensu]]
 +*[[Ukiyo-e]]
 +*[[Japonism]]
 +*[[Japanese culture]]
 +*[[Yotsuya Simon]]
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Japanese art covers a wide range of art styles and media, including ancient pottery, sculpture in wood and bronze, ink painting on silk and paper, and a myriad of other types of works of art. It also has a long history, ranging from the beginnings of human habitation in Japan, sometime in the 10th millennium BC, to the present.

Painting is the preferred artistic expression in Japan, practiced by amateur and professional alike. Until modern times, the Japanese wrote with a brush rather than a pen, and their familiarity with brush techniques has made them particularly sensitive to the values and aesthetics of painting. With the rise of popular culture in the Edo period, a style of woodblock prints called ukiyo-e became a major artform and its techniques were fine tuned to produce colorful prints of everything from daily news to schoolbooks. The Japanese, in this period, found sculpture a much less sympathetic medium for artistic expression; most Japanese sculpture is associated with religion, and the medium's use declined with the lessening importance of traditional Buddhism.

Japanese ceramics are among the finest in the world and include the earliest known artifacts of their culture. In architecture, Japanese preferences for natural materials and an interaction of interior and exterior space are clearly expressed.

Today, Japan rivals most other modern nations in its contributions to modern art, fashion and architecture, with creations of a truly modern, global, and multi-cultural (or acultural) bent.

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