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1. See woodcut.
2. also wood block Music A hollow block of wood struck with a drumstick to produce percussive effects in an orchestra.


1. (Building) a small rectangular flat block of wood that is laid with others as a floor surface
2. (Instruments) music another word for Chinese block



2. a hollow block of hard wood struck with a wooden stick or mallet and used in the percussion section of an orchestra.
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The author will share photographs and woodblock prints of the women and their kimonos, furnishings and tea as well as the incense ceremony implements used at the time.
The sale included other rare items such as Monet's pencil sketches, paintings and Japanese woodblock prints from the French master's personal collection.
It addresses the definition of popular culture and describes popular culture of the Edo period, Tokugawa period, Meiji period, imperial Japan, post-World War II Japan, and since 2000, as well as uses of pop culture during war, with discussion of forms like kabuki theater, monochrome ink painting, literature, poetry, manga, film, woodblock prints, and music, and the role of pop culture in nationalism, imperialism, militarism, gender, postwar democracy, and economic development.
In these galleries, it is a pleasure to admire original works by the master, delight in the subtleness of colours, and the excellent condition of the woodblock prints.
They showed typical traditional handicrafts including Chinese woodblock printing, Russian clay sculpture, Kazakhstan tamboura, Turkish encaustic together with Iran wood carving and jewelry design.
The woodblock prints of beautiful geishas, actors, sumo wrestlers, folk tales, travel scenes and landscapes, flora, fauna and erotica are on loan from the private collection of art historian and writer Frank Milner.
Chapter titles range from "Whimsical" and "Pen and Ink," to "Handmade" and "Printing" (lino and woodblock, to be precise).
The festival also showcases tea ceremonies and calligraphy demonstrations; photography exhibition; and arts and crafts activities including woodblock printing, rice sculpture, puppet shows, and kite-making workshops.
The woodblock prints show a variety of gentle activities from the latter half of the 19th century, including hunting for fireflies, collecting shells at the seashore, picnicking on a pier in the moonlight.
This 19th century panorama is a large, multicoloured woodblock print, about one metre square, based on a drawing by the painter Utagawa Sadahide (in traditional Japanese form, the surname is printed first).
The Japanese foreign ministry is in plans to adopt a new design for its passport visa pages depending upon a series of centuries-old woodblock prints of Mount Fuji.
Lithe and exacting, this collection draws inspiration from old Japanese woodblock prints and scroll paintings, resulting in lines at once visual and isolating.