Ukiyo-e, which translates to “image(s) of the floating world,” is a genre of Japanese art that thrived from the 17th to 19th centuries. Artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of everything from scenes of folk tales to erotica, and though the number of artists specializing in ukiyo-e has diminished since the genre was at its zenith, efforts are being made to bring it back into the modern art world. Some of these efforts include applying an Ukiyo-e aesthetic to popular franchises such as Star Wars, and legendary Iron Maiden mascot Eddie.

One of the more charming and eccentric examples of this we have seen lately comes from Atsushi Segawa, a Japanese movie and animation creator, who applies his skills in digital animation, as well as flair for science fiction, to set famous ukiyo-e works into motion. Segawa's animation sometimes simply lets the scene play out as you might imagine it in your mind's eye, but he also injects a little humor in the form of aliens and lasers. Below you can see him introducing Marty McFly and Doc Brown into early Japan.

He's been a little busy since we last checked in on him, so here are some of his more interesting updates. Fast moving market places, timeslips, nasty-tasting oden, and even a live-streaming shamisen player are some of the standouts. And of course, Japanese demons.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.