Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, the social media of ancient Japan

Ukiyo-e prints were used as commercial flyers and advertisements, and were also packaged into book form as travel guides.
Ukiyo-e prints were used as commercial flyers and advertisements, and were also packaged into book form as travel guides.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

SINGAPORE - Ukiyo-e prints were the social media of their time, says Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) director Kennie Ting.

Some of these woodblock prints on loan from Japanese collector Nakau Ei go on display at the ACM's new show Life In Edo | Russel Wong In Kyoto from Friday (April 16). There are so many prints that the show will undergo a full rotation midway through the run.

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