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Ukiyo-e:  Three Women:  Ukiyo-literally means floating world.  These images were often of famous people of the culture, geishas (who were more entertainers than prostitutes, you can tell the difference in prints by their hair styles and dress, but that is another discussion), samurai warriors and actors.  Japanese wood block prints were a huge inspiration for the Impressionist movement.

In the Japan's borders opened for the first time since partly due to pressure applied by US Admiral Matthew Perry. Ukiyo-e prints were exported to the west and influenced painters and graphic artists including Degas, Van Gogh and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec.

Mt. Fuji, Japan.

Another bucket list item. To visit the Cherry Blossom festival in Tokyo. My assistant in Tokyo is teaching me some japanese.which has made me want to go even more!

Mosaic of Gaudi, Barcelona

Park Güell is a must see for all visitors to Barcelona. Just like Sagrada Familia, Park Güell is a masterpiece of Gaudí in Barcelona. Visitors to Parque Güell

very old hotel in Japan

Funny pictures about A very old hotel that has been functioning for 1296 years. Oh, and cool pics about A very old hotel that has been functioning for 1296 years. Also, A very old hotel that has been functioning for 1296 years.

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