bokashi

A gradient effect achieved by gradually applying less pigment to one section of a print vs. another. This is often accomplished by blending the pigment on the block into a damp section where no pigment is applied (to blend from a color to transparent) or by blending two different pigments (to blend from one color to another).

Several examples of bokashi can be seen in the example below, including in the transition from lilac to white to blue in the sky, as well as the gradients on the mountains and hillsides.
(Image linked from ukiyo-e.org online Japanese print database)

#43 Tsumago by Utagawa Hiroshige

#43 Tsumago by Utagawa Hiroshige

 

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