Japan honors basketball players, patrons with famous Ukiyo-e artwork
TOKYO (Japan) - The Japanese have left no stone unturned to make the Olympic basketball tournaments memorable ones for all involved.
That includes displaying a genre of artwork, Ukiyo-e, in the East-West Free Passage at the Saitama Shintoshin Station, outside the Saitama Super Arena.
The Ukiyo-e effectively serves as a breathtaking entry to anyone from the countries taking part in the basketball events - be they players, coaches, or others attending the games.
Created specifically for the Games by Dessin Co, Ltd., the art reveals the national flags, and iconic scenes, of the countries in the men's and women's tournaments.
Ukiyo-e flourished in the Edo period - from the 17th through 19th centuries. The word Ukiyo-e translates to "picture[s] of the floating world."