Pronunciation of ukiyo-e terms


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Posted by Holly on September 12, 1999 at 11:05:41:

I have an embarrassing question regarding the proper pronunciation of terms related to Japanese woodblock prints. Would someone kindly clarify how the words "Edo" and "ukiyo-e" are to be pronounced? Various sources have indicated that "Edo" is pronounced "ee-dough" [long "e," as in "tree"] or "e-dough" [short e,as in "bed"].
Second, any direction as to the proper pronounciation of "ukiyo-e" would be greatly appreciated. My knowledge of these matters is strictly print-based and, although I recognize that this question does not rise to the level of sophistication generally demonstrated on this site, I thank you in advance for addressing it.


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