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Pop-Culture Invades Traditional Japanese Art In This Clever GIF Series

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Pop-Culture Invades Traditional Japanese Art In This Clever GIF Series

These playful GIFs masterfully mix traditional Japanese woodblock art with quirky pop-culture references.

Created by animator Sega Waatsuki, the illustrations pay homage to the Ukiyo-e style of art first made popular in the 17th century. The name Ukiyo-e translates to "images of the floating world" and they traditionally depicted flat scenes of everyday life in Japan.

Waatsuki adds a modern twist to these historic scenes. You'll spot drones dropping off lunches, Samurai's going sneaker shopping, and Marty and the Doc from Back to the Future roaring past a crowd of bowing peasants in their flashy Delorean.

"In 1885, Doku and Marty riding the Delorean on Japan's Tokaido run," Waatsuki narrates via Twitter. "The common people who bowed their heads looked at this scene in a mysterious way."

Follow Waatsuki's quirky mashups here on Twitter.












Via Grape

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