Portrait of a famous Kabuki actor from the Edo period (1600-1868). This “ukiyo-e” woodblock print was made more than 200 years ago. One can see at a glance that it is Japanese. It has no shadows and features outline.
Chōjū-giga, literally, “Animal Caricatures”
“Animals Wrestling” is perhaps the first cartoon from 12th to 13th Century.
It is a lively expression that depends on powerful line.
Studio Ghibli, “Jiburi” Animation
Japanese “MANGA” is now famous all over the world. Studio Ghibli continues the traditional way of representing pictures with a strong emphasis on line.
What began with the brushstrokes of calligraphy continues today. “LINE” marks Identity in Japanese Art.