Known as the “Images of floating worlds”, Ukiyo-e were woodblock prints that became very popular in 17th -19th century Japan. However, we live in the 21st century, and that means turning classics into something else, or that´s what the Japanese animator Segawa 37 did.
Working with original images of Ukiyo-e,the animator has carefully computerized certain parts, putting them in motion. Some are done humorously, like the travelers watching a modern-day Shinkansen go by. But others are quite sincere. A total of 8 different Ukiyo-e GIFs were created for the purpose of entering into a GIF contest sponsored by Adobe. (Source: Spoon & Tamago)
Katsushika Hokusai. “Yoshida at Tōkaidō”. Part of the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series.
Katsushika Hokusai. “A sketch of the Mitsui shop in Suruga in Edo”
Katsushika Oei. “Night Scene in the Yoshiwara”
Kiyochika Kobayashi. ”Firework Show at Ryogoku”
Katsushika Hokusai. “Ejiri in Suruga Province”