Ukiyo-e as a genre of Japanese art: wood block prints in particular. Ukio-e can be seen as a style of art, a painting or making prints. The key is chic sensuality. Fantasy and play are important elements. Ukiyo-e depicts "the floating world" in a word. The view of floating world has been known for its engaging and beautiful subject matter. Ukio-e depicts fascinating but fleeting world of people, things, and the nature.
Ukiyo-e developed in Edo (now Tokyo) in the Tokugawa period (1615-1868). The sheer force of physical beauty and captivating subject matter - exquisite courtesans, stunning landscapes, the baroque world of theater. The physical shapes of Ukiyo-e are prints in various standard sizes, books, albums, and scrolls.