Thursday, December 29, 2011

Kuniyoshi and the Toyota Prius

During my stroll through Roppongi Hills I saw this poster for an exhibit of ukiyo-e woodblock prints by Kinoyoshi.

The strange face made up of people is also on wikipedia. The weird connection is that for the last several months I've been seeing a US commercial for Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles advertised with people made up of a bunch of people. I hated the ad, but thought that it was at least original Seems that the advertisers may have gotten their idea from this print which must be over 150-years old. If the Utagawa clan is still around, perhaps they could get royalties from Toyota?

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