If Pokémon Existed Centuries Ago? Famous Scenes Recreated in Ukiyo-e!

If Pokémon Existed Centuries Ago? Famous Scenes Recreated in Ukiyo-e!

From Star Wars to Ghost in the Shell to One Piece, the traditional Japanese art form of Ukiyo-e has been combined with popular culture in a movement to revive the woodblock printing method popular in the Edo Period in Japanese history.

This time, it's Pokémon's turn to get the Ukiyo-e transformation as the Pokémon Center online shop in Japan unveiled two beautifully crafted woodblock prints. Carved and colored by seasoned craftsmen and printed onto handmade paper using a technique that's preserved from over 2000 years ago, this Pokémon Ukiyo-e is a fusion of the best forms of art from the ancient and the contemporary.

The first print available is a scene from Vermilion City in the Kanto Region, while the second is the Pikachu V.S. Snorlax battle scene with Red.

Vermilion City in Kanto Region

Pikachu V.S. Snorlax

Each print costs 48,600 yen (about US$466) but considering the centuries of history and countless hours of craftsmanship in the art, the price is hardly surprising! Pre-orders in Japan have opened and ends on December 18. Learn more on the official site here (Japanese only).

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