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Some Japanese Guys Have Been Making Traditional Japanese Art Based On Star Wars And It’s All Official Lucasfilm Merchandise
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Some Japanese Guys Have Been Making Traditional Japanese Art Based On Star Wars And It’s All Official Lucasfilm Merchandise

by Deric EctJuly 27, 2015

There’s a project happening on Japanese crowdfunding platform Makuake recently which has gotten some amount of international attention, as spotted on Designtaxi. A group of artist formed a collective named Rhythm Force, and these guys have been working hard to create ukiyo-e pieces depicting scenes from Star Wars.

First up: what’s ukiyo-e?

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This is ukiyo-e. If you need words to explain it all, here’s some wiki wisdom.

Ukiyo-e is a genre of woodblock prints and paintings that flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries. It was aimed at the prosperous merchant class in the urbanizing Edo period (1603–1867). Amongst the popular themes were depictions of beautiful women; kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers; scenes from history and folk tales; travel scenes and landscapes; flora and fauna; and erotica.”

What Rhythm Force is trying to do is replenish interest in the artform. On their website (which is in Japanese) the team also explain ukiyo-e, which probably indicates that awareness among the Japanese must have been reducing too.

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So what do you do when you want the new generation involved in cultural appreciation and make them celebrate traditional art? You try to get in with Lucasfilm of course.

Yes fellas, these are all licensed official merchandise and they’re going for a sum of ¥54,000 (USD$435.80). That’s more or less RM1660.00 guys. Too expensive? Not convinced? We’re not even finished.

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There are three pieces going on sale: an image of Darth Vader, a portrait of Princess Amidala, and a scene from The Battle of Hoth done in glorious Japanese woodblock print.

These are limited edition prints, and you either snap them up while they’re still available on Makuake or you miss out for the rest of your life. There’s 32 days left to be with the cool kids so get on it.

Here they are; have a look and tell us what you think.


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Want one of these? Get them while stocks last from Makuake or the Rhythm Force‘s website but hurry: the print of Darth Vader has just sold out, as well as the three-print combo!

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