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Color Woodblock Print Collection

"Capturing the Beauty of Japan: A Glimpse into Color Woodblock Prints" Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of color woodblock prints

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: The Actor Nakamura Noshio I as the Goddes Benzaiten of Enoshima in the Play Onno Aruji... c. 1773

The Actor Nakamura Noshio I as the Goddes Benzaiten of Enoshima in the Play Onno Aruji... c. 1773. Creator: Shunsho
The Actor Nakamura Noshio I as the Goddes Benzaiten of Enoshima in the Play Onno Aruji Hatsuyuki no Sekai, Performed at the Morita Theater in the Eleventh Month, 1773, Japan, c. 1773

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Fukagawa Susaki and Jumantsubo (Fukagawa Susaki Jumantsubo), from the series 'One... 1857

Fukagawa Susaki and Jumantsubo (Fukagawa Susaki Jumantsubo), from the series "One... 1857
Fukagawa Susaki and Jumantsubo (Fukagawa Susaki Jumantsubo), from the series "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)", 1857

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Cranes in an Iris Pond at Sunrise, c. 1774. Creator: Isoda Koryusai

Cranes in an Iris Pond at Sunrise, c. 1774. Creator: Isoda Koryusai
Cranes in an Iris Pond at Sunrise, c. 1774

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Kakkyo (Chinese: Guo Ju), from the series 'Fashionable Japanese Versions of

Kakkyo (Chinese: Guo Ju), from the series "Fashionable Japanese Versions of
Kakkyo (Chinese: Guo Ju), from the series " Fashionable Japanese Versions of the Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety (Furyu Yamato nijushiko)", c. 1770/72

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Yokkaichi: View of the Mie River, from the series The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido, c1833-34

Yokkaichi: View of the Mie River, from the series The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido, c1833-34
Yokkaichi: View of the Mie River, from the series The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido, c. 1833-34. This print is from the first Tokaido series by Hiroshige

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: The Maiden, From Lady Murasaki's Tale Of Genji Card Game, 1857. Creator: Utagawa Kunisada II

The Maiden, From Lady Murasaki's Tale Of Genji Card Game, 1857. Creator: Utagawa Kunisada II
The Maiden, From Lady Murasaki's Tale Of Genji Card Game, 1857.

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Woman Nursing a Baby, 18th century. Creator: Kitagawa Utamaro

Woman Nursing a Baby, 18th century. Creator: Kitagawa Utamaro
Woman Nursing a Baby, 18th century

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: View of Tsukuda Island from Eitai Bridge (Eitaibashi Tsukudajima), from the series 'One... 1857

View of Tsukuda Island from Eitai Bridge (Eitaibashi Tsukudajima), from the series "One... 1857
View of Tsukuda Island from Eitai Bridge (Eitaibashi Tsukudajima), from the series "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)", 1857

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Okazaki, from the series 'Fifty-three Stations [of the Tokaido] (Gojusan tsugi), ' also...1852

Okazaki, from the series "Fifty-three Stations [of the Tokaido] (Gojusan tsugi), " also...1852
Okazaki, from the series "Fifty-three Stations [of the Tokaido] (Gojusan tsugi), " also known as the Figure Tokaido (Jinbutsu Tokaido), 1852

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Oki Province: Takuhi Shrine (Oki, Takuhi no yashiro), from the series 'Famous Places in

Oki Province: Takuhi Shrine (Oki, Takuhi no yashiro), from the series "Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces (Rokujuyoshu meisho zue)", 1853

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Distant View of Azuma Bridge and Kinryuzan Temple (Azumabashi Kinryuzan enbo), from the se... 1857

Distant View of Azuma Bridge and Kinryuzan Temple (Azumabashi Kinryuzan enbo), from the se... 1857
Distant View of Azuma Bridge and Kinryuzan Temple (Azumabashi Kinryuzan enbo), from the series "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)", 1857

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Act 11, Part 1: The Approach to the Night Attack (Juichidanme ichi, yochi oshiyose)... c. 1834/39

Act 11, Part 1: The Approach to the Night Attack (Juichidanme ichi, yochi oshiyose)... c. 1834/39
Act 11, Part 1: The Approach to the Night Attack (Juichidanme ichi, yochi oshiyose), from the series "The Revenge of the Loyal Retainers (Chushingura)", c. 1834/39

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Blossoms on the Tama River Embankment (Tamagawa-zutsumi no hana), from the series... 1856

Blossoms on the Tama River Embankment (Tamagawa-zutsumi no hana), from the series... 1856. Creator: Ando Hiroshige
Blossoms on the Tama River Embankment (Tamagawa-zutsumi no hana), from the series "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)", 1856

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Okitsu: Kiyomigaseki and Seiken Temple (Kiyomigaseki, Seikenji)—No. 18, from the... c. 1847/52

Okitsu: Kiyomigaseki and Seiken Temple (Kiyomigaseki, Seikenji)—No. 18, from the... c. 1847/52. Creator: Ando Hiroshige
Okitsu: Kiyomigaseki and Seiken Temple (Kiyomigaseki, Seikenji)--No. 18, from the series "Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (Tokaido gojusan tsugi), " also known as the Reisho Tokaido, c

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: No. 43: Tsumagome, from the series 'Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido (Kisokaido... c. 1835/38)

No. 43: Tsumagome, from the series "Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido (Kisokaido... c. 1835/38)
No. 43: Tsumagome, from the series "Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido (Kisokaido rokujukyu tsugi no uchi)", c. 1835/38

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: New Fuji, Meguro (Meguro Shin-Fuji), from the series 'One Hundred Famous Views...', 1857

New Fuji, Meguro (Meguro Shin-Fuji), from the series "One Hundred Famous Views...", 1857
New Fuji, Meguro (Meguro Shin-Fuji), from the series "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)", 1857

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: The Actor Ichimura Uzaemon IX as Kajiwara Genta no Kagetoki (?), in the Play Myoto-giku... c

The Actor Ichimura Uzaemon IX as Kajiwara Genta no Kagetoki (?), in the Play Myoto-giku... c. 1772. Creator: Shunsho
The Actor Ichimura Uzaemon IX as Kajiwara Genta no Kagetoki (?), in the Play Myoto-giku Izu no Kisewata, Performed at the Nakamura Theater in the Eleventh Month, 1770, Japan, c. 1772

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Ishibe: Megawa Village (Ishibe, Megawa no sato), from the series 'Fifty-three Statio... c. 1833/34

Ishibe: Megawa Village (Ishibe, Megawa no sato), from the series "Fifty-three Statio... c. 1833/34
Ishibe: Megawa Village (Ishibe, Megawa no sato), from the series "Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi), " also known as the Hoeido Tokaido, c. 1833/34

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Iwami Province: Salt Beaches near Takatsu Hill (Iwami, Takatsuyama shiohama), from the ser... 1853

Iwami Province: Salt Beaches near Takatsu Hill (Iwami, Takatsuyama shiohama), from the ser... 1853
Iwami Province: Salt Beaches near Takatsu Hill (Iwami, Takatsuyama shiohama), from the series "Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces (Rokujuyoshu meisho zue)", 1853

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: No. 68 (sic; actually 69): Crossroad at Kusatsu (Kusatsu oiwake), from the series... c. 1835/38

No. 68 (sic; actually 69): Crossroad at Kusatsu (Kusatsu oiwake), from the series... c. 1835/38
No. 68 (sic; actually 69): Crossroad at Kusatsu (Kusatsu oiwake), from the series "Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido (Kisokaido rokujukyu tsugi no uchi)", c. 1835/38

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Chiryu: The Old Story of the Irises at Yatsuhashi Bridge (Yatsuhashi no kakitsubata... 1856)

Chiryu: The Old Story of the Irises at Yatsuhashi Bridge (Yatsuhashi no kakitsubata... 1856. Creator: Ando Hiroshige)
Chiryu: The Old Story of the Irises at Yatsuhashi Bridge (Yatsuhashi no kakitsubata no koji), section of sheet no. 12 from the series "Pictures of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Yui: Satta Peak (Yui, Satta mine), from the series 'Fifty-three Stations of the Toka... c. 1833/34

Yui: Satta Peak (Yui, Satta mine), from the series "Fifty-three Stations of the Toka... c. 1833/34
Yui: Satta Peak (Yui, Satta mine), from the series "Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road (Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi), " also known as the Hoeido Tokaido, c. 1833/34

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Kinryuzan Temple in Asakusa in Falling Snow (Asakusa Kinryuzan setchu no zu), from the ser... 1840

Kinryuzan Temple in Asakusa in Falling Snow (Asakusa Kinryuzan setchu no zu), from the ser... 1840
Kinryuzan Temple in Asakusa in Falling Snow (Asakusa Kinryuzan setchu no zu), from the series "Famous Views of the Eastern Capital (Toto meisho no uchi)", 1840

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Bon Festival Lanterns and Plant Seller, from the illustrated book 'Picture Book... New Year, 1801

Bon Festival Lanterns and Plant Seller, from the illustrated book "Picture Book... New Year, 1801
Bon Festival Lanterns and Plant Seller, from the illustrated book "Picture Book: Flowers of the Four Seasons (Ehon shiki no hana), " vol. 2, Japan, New Year, 1801

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as The Great Wave,

Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as The Great Wave, from... 1830/33. Creator: Hokusai
Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as The Great Wave, from the series "Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjurokkei)", Japan, 1830/33

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: The Actor Segawa Kikunojo III as Hito-maru Disguised as the Courtesan Chiyozaki, in the... c

The Actor Segawa Kikunojo III as Hito-maru Disguised as the Courtesan Chiyozaki, in the... c. 1775. Creator: Shunsho
The Actor Segawa Kikunojo III as Hito-maru Disguised as the Courtesan Chiyozaki, in the Play Kuruwa no Hana Katsuragi no Kane, Performed at the Ichimura Theater in the third Month, 1775, Japan, c

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: The Actor Nakamura Noshio I as the Spirit of the Courtesan Takao, in the Shosagoto Danc... c

The Actor Nakamura Noshio I as the Spirit of the Courtesan Takao, in the Shosagoto Danc... c. 1772. Creator: Shunsho
The Actor Nakamura Noshio I as the Spirit of the Courtesan Takao, in the Shosagoto Dance Sequence "Sono Utsushi-e Matsu ni Kaede" (A Shadow-Picture of Pine and Maple)

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Actors as Fujisawa Shiro, Asari Yoichi, and Hangaku, from an untitled series of half...c. 1851/52

Actors as Fujisawa Shiro, Asari Yoichi, and Hangaku, from an untitled series of half...c. 1851/52
Actors as Fujisawa Shiro, Asari Yoichi, and Hangaku, from an untitled series of half-block images of kabuki scenes, c. 1851/52

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Hara, section of sheet no. 4 from the series 'Cutout Pictures of the Tokaido Road...', c. 1848/52

Hara, section of sheet no. 4 from the series "Cutout Pictures of the Tokaido Road...", c. 1848/52
Hara, section of sheet no. 4 from the series "Cutout Pictures of the Tokaido Road (Tokaido harimaze zue)", c. 1848/52

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Hara-No. 14, from the series 'Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (Tokaido gojusan... c. 1847/52)

Hara-No. 14, from the series "Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (Tokaido gojusan... c. 1847/52)
Hara-No. 14, from the series "Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (Tokaido gojusan tsugi), " also known as the Reisho Tokaido, c. 1847/52

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Evening Bell at Mii (Mii no bansho), from the series Eight Views of Omi in Etching

Evening Bell at Mii (Mii no bansho), from the series Eight Views of Omi in Etching Style...1804/16. Creator: Hokusai
Evening Bell at Mii (Mii no bansho), from the series Eight Views of Omi in Etching Style (Doban Omi hakkei), Japan, 1804/16

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: The Actor Ichikawa Danjuro V as Soga no Goro Disguised as a Komuso in the Play... c. 1771

The Actor Ichikawa Danjuro V as Soga no Goro Disguised as a Komuso in the Play... c. 1771. Creator: Shunsho
The Actor Ichikawa Danjuro V as Soga no Goro Disguised as a Komuso in the Play Sakai-cho Soga Nendaiki, Performed at the Nakamura Theater in the First Month, 1771, Japan, c. 1771

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: The Actor Nakamura Nakazo I as Ono Sadakuro in the Play Kanadehon Chushingura... c. 1776

The Actor Nakamura Nakazo I as Ono Sadakuro in the Play Kanadehon Chushingura... c. 1776. Creator: Shunsho
The Actor Nakamura Nakazo I as Ono Sadakuro in the Play Kanadehon Chushingura, Performed at the Nakamura Theater in the Fifth Month, 1776, Japan, c. 1776

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Shimada, Fujieda, Okabe, and Mariko, no. 6 from the series 'Cutouts of the Fifty-three... 1852

Shimada, Fujieda, Okabe, and Mariko, no. 6 from the series "Cutouts of the Fifty-three... 1852
Shimada, Fujieda, Okabe, and Mariko, no. 6 from the series "Cutouts of the Fifty-three Stations (Gojusan tsugi harimaze)", 1852

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Numazu—No. 13, from the series 'Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (Tokaido gojusan... c)

Numazu—No. 13, from the series "Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (Tokaido gojusan... c. 1847/52)
Numazu--No. 13, from the series "Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (Tokaido gojusan tsugi), " also known as the Reisho Tokaido, c. 1847/52

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Snow at Benzaiten Shrine in Inokashira Pond (Inokashira no ike Benzaiten no yashiro... c. 1844/45)

Snow at Benzaiten Shrine in Inokashira Pond (Inokashira no ike Benzaiten no yashiro... c. 1844/45)
Snow at Benzaiten Shrine in Inokashira Pond (Inokashira no ike Benzaiten no yashiro yuki no kei), from the series "Snow, Moon, and Flowers at Famous Places (Meisho setsugekka)", c. 1844/45

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Pine of Success and Oumayagashi, Asakusa River (Asakusagawa shubi no matsu Oumayagashi), f... 1856

Pine of Success and Oumayagashi, Asakusa River (Asakusagawa shubi no matsu Oumayagashi), f... 1856
Pine of Success and Oumayagashi, Asakusa River (Asakusagawa shubi no matsu Oumayagashi), from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei), 1856

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: View to the North from Asuka Hill (Asukayama kita no chobo), from the series 'One Hundred... 1856

View to the North from Asuka Hill (Asukayama kita no chobo), from the series "One Hundred... 1856
View to the North from Asuka Hill (Asukayama kita no chobo), from the series "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)", 1856

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Matsuchi Hill seen from the Sumida River in the Eastern Capital (Toto Sumida... 1854, second month)

Matsuchi Hill seen from the Sumida River in the Eastern Capital (Toto Sumida... 1854, second month)
Matsuchi Hill seen from the Sumida River in the Eastern Capital (Toto Sumidagawa Matsuchiyama), from an untitled series of views of the provinces, 1854, second month

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Temple Gardens in Nippori (Nippori jiin no rinsen), from the series 'One Hundred Famous... 1857

Temple Gardens in Nippori (Nippori jiin no rinsen), from the series "One Hundred Famous... 1857
Temple Gardens in Nippori (Nippori jiin no rinsen), from the series "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)", 1857

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: The Actor Arashi Sangoro II as Asahina Saburo in the Play Iro Maki-e Soga no Sakazuki... c. 1773

The Actor Arashi Sangoro II as Asahina Saburo in the Play Iro Maki-e Soga no Sakazuki... c. 1773. Creator: Shunsho
The Actor Arashi Sangoro II as Asahina Saburo in the Play Iro Maki-e Soga no Sakazuki, Performed at the Morita Theater in the First Month, 1773, Japan, c. 1773

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: View from Massaki of Suijin Shrine, Uchigawa Inlet, and Sekiya (Massaki hen yori Suijin no... 1857)

View from Massaki of Suijin Shrine, Uchigawa Inlet, and Sekiya (Massaki hen yori Suijin no... 1857)
View from Massaki of Suijin Shrine, Uchigawa Inlet, and Sekiya (Massaki hen yori Suijin no mori Uchigawa Sekiya no sato o miru zu)

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Hakone: Night Procession in the Mountains (Hakone, sanchu yagyo no zu), no. 11 from the se... 1855

Hakone: Night Procession in the Mountains (Hakone, sanchu yagyo no zu), no. 11 from the se... 1855
Hakone: Night Procession in the Mountains (Hakone, sanchu yagyo no zu), no. 11 from the series "Famous Sights of the Fifty-three Stations (Gojusan tsugi meisho zue)

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Actors as Genroku, Otsuma, and Shokuro, from an untitled series of half-block... c. 1851/52

Actors as Genroku, Otsuma, and Shokuro, from an untitled series of half-block... c. 1851/52. Creator: Utagawa Kunisada
Actors as Genroku, Otsuma, and Shokuro, from an untitled series of half-block images of kabuki scenes, c. 1851/52

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Ryogoku Bridge and the Great Riverbank (Ryogokubashi Okawabata), from the series... 1856

Ryogoku Bridge and the Great Riverbank (Ryogokubashi Okawabata), from the series... 1856. Creator: Ando Hiroshige
Ryogoku Bridge and the Great Riverbank (Ryogokubashi Okawabata), from the series "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)", 1856

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: New Year Manzai Performance at a Feudal Lord's Mansion, from the illustrated book 'Picture... 1801

New Year Manzai Performance at a Feudal Lord's Mansion, from the illustrated book "Picture... 1801
New Year Manzai Performance at a Feudal Lord's Mansion, from the illustrated book "Picture Book: Flowers of the Four Seasons (Ehon shiki no hana), " vol. 1, Japan, New Year, 1801

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: Yoshitsune's Horse-washing Falls at Yoshino in Yamato Province (Washu Yoshino Yoshitsun... c. 1833)

Yoshitsune's Horse-washing Falls at Yoshino in Yamato Province (Washu Yoshino Yoshitsun... c. 1833)
Yoshitsune's Horse-washing Falls at Yoshino in Yamato Province (Washu Yoshino Yoshitsune uma arai no taki) from the series "A Tour of Waterfalls in Various Provinces (Shokoku taki meguri)

Background imageColor Woodblock Print Collection: The Actors Ichikawa Danjuro V as Momonoi Wakasanosuke (right), and Nakamura Nakazo I as... c

The Actors Ichikawa Danjuro V as Momonoi Wakasanosuke (right), and Nakamura Nakazo I as... c. 1771. Creator: Shunsho
The Actors Ichikawa Danjuro V as Momonoi Wakasanosuke (right), and Nakamura Nakazo I as Kakogawa Honzo (left), in the Play Kanadehon Chushingura, Performed at the Nakamura Theater in the Fifth Month



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"Capturing the Beauty of Japan: A Glimpse into Color Woodblock Prints" Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of color woodblock prints, a traditional Japanese art form that flourished during the 19th century. These captivating artworks transport us to different regions and eras, showcasing the skill and creativity of renowned artists such as Utagawa Hiroshige and Gakutei. In "Yokkaichi: View of the Mie River, " we are transported to a serene scene along the Tokaido road. The meticulous details and vivid colors bring to life the bustling activity on this famous route. Meanwhile, "The Rain Shelter at Nii Hill by the Aji River, Osaka" captures a moment of tranquility amidst nature's downpour. Gakutei's masterful brushwork evokes a sense of calmness as we seek shelter from raindrops under lush foliage. Delving deeper into historical narratives, "Paper: Fujiwara no Sadaie" takes us back to ancient times with its depiction of Teika, one of Japan's greatest poets. This print is part of "The Four Friends of Writing, " celebrating influential figures who shaped Japanese literature. Exploring moral lessons through artistry, "The Filial Son of Yoro" reminds us about filial piety while offering an insight into societal values during that era. Similarly, in "Nibu Hiroyoshi, " we witness historical records come alive as Gakutei portrays significant events from three reigns with remarkable attention to detail. "The Filial Child from Shinano Province" transports us to rural landscapes where family bonds are cherished above all else. Through delicate lines and soft hues, Gakutei conveys deep emotions tied to loyalty and devotion. Moving away from history towards legendary tales, "Komatsu Shigemori from Tales Heike" narrates stories passed down through generations with its vivid imagery.