Tsubaki Anna (b. 1970) refers to her artwork as “contemporary ukiyo-e.” Indeed, much of her inspiration originates from early modern woodblock print artists such as Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839–1892), and she often describes the sexualized male figures in her work (an example of which is displayed nearby) as wakashū, a distinct social type popular in shunga and non-explicit ukiyo-e prints throughout the Edo period (1615–1868). While appreciating Japanese history, Tsubaki also wholeheartedly embraces contemporary popular culture, including in her works references to rock music, punk fashion, surfing, and publications such as Playboy magazine.