"Some are based on Japanese mythology and culture, others are narratives based on players nicknames and some are created from popular sayings from the game of basketball."
The limited edition (a run of about 200 prints) Star Wars Ukiyo-e prints uses the imagery licensed from Lucas Films to create this centuries old technique called ukiyo-e.
Ukiyo-e is an art with three different people working together: the eshi (painter), horishi(carver) and surishi (printer). Together, these skilled craftsman created 3 different scenes from Star Wars, each in a limited edition run of 200. And
Launched on Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake, the project got backers putting down 54,000 yen (about $440) for a single print. The full set at 162,000 yen (about $1300) is already sold out.
Atsushi Segawa had been making animated GIFs out of ukiyo-e for a while when he was commissioned by Japanese computer maker NEC to mix computers and computer use into Edo-era Japan.