Ukiyo-e: Japanese Woodblock Prints

[The Plum Garden at Kameido,
from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo,
by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)]

Hiroshige - Views of Mount Fuji at Hara

(from the 53 Stations of the Tôkaiô Road series)

My love of ukiyo-e began before I came to Japan, when I discovered the little black and white Hiroshige illustrations adorning the pages of Oliver Statler's Japanese Inn. The beautiful ukiyo-e decorating this page, and many, many more, can be seen and downloaded in large format from the Ukiyo-e Museum.

If a visit to the Ukiyo-e Muesum wasn't enough for you, there's plenty more ukiyo-e on the WWW. For many additional links and more, don't pass up Hans Olof Johansson' s Ukiyo-e, The pictures of the floating world. His The Floating World of Cyberspace  presents "A catalogue of Japanese woodblock prints on the Internet."

Other ukiyo-e on these pages:

Ukiyo-E Books

Cawthorne, Nigel. The Art of Japanese Prints. 96 pp. Laurel Glen. 1999.

Clark, Timothy. The Actor's Image: Printmakers of the Katsukawa School. Osamu Ueda (contributor), Donald Jenkins (contributor). 504 pp. Princeton Univ Pr. 1994.

Fagioli, Marco. Shunga: The Erotic Art of Japan. 175 pp. Universe Books. 1998.

Finley, Carol. Art of Japan: Wood-Block Color Prints. 64 pp. Lerner Publications Company. (Art Around the World). 1998.

Forrer, Matthi. Hokusai: Prints and Drawings. 224 pp. Prestel USA. 1991.

Hickey, Gary / Kennedy, Brian. Beauty & Desire in Edo Period Japan. 72 pp. Thames & Hudson. 1998.

Ing, Eric van den. Beauty & violence : Japanese prints by Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892. 168 pp. Society for Japanese Arts. n.d..

Ives, Colta Feller. The great wave: the influence of Japanese woodcuts on French prints. 112 pp. Metropolitan Museum of Art; distributed by New York Graphic Society. n.d..

Kita, Sandy. The Floating World of Ukiyo-E: Shadows, Dreams, and Substance. preface by Irene U. Chambers. Lawrence E. Marceau, James Farquhar, James H. Billington, Katherine L. Blood, James Douglas Farquhar. 224 pp. Harry N Abrams. 2001.

Kobayashi, Tadashi. Utamaro: Portraits from the Floating World. 96 pp. Kodansha International. 2001.

Kobbayashi, Tadashi. Ukiyo-E: An Introduction to Japanese Woodblock Prints. Mark A. Harbison, translator. Kodansha International. 1992.

Lane, Richard. Masterpieces of Japanese Prints: Ukiyo-E from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Rupert Faulkner, B. W. Robinson. 152 pp. Kodansha International. 1999.

Link, Howard A. Waves and Plagues: The Art of Masami Teraoka. 89 pp. Chronicle Books. 1989.

Munsterberg, Hugo. The Japanese Print: A Historical Guide. 232 pp. Weatherhill. (pbk). 2000.

Nagata, Seiji. Hokusai: Genius of the Japanese Ukiyo-E. Kodansha International. 1995.

Newland, Amy / Uhlenbeck, Chris. Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga--The Art of Japanese Prints. 256 pp. 1990.

Screech, Timon. Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan, 1700-1820. 256 pp. University of Hawaii Press. 1999.

Smith, Henry D. II. Hokusai: One Hundred Views of Mt Fuji. 224 pp. George Braziller. 1988.

__________. Hiroshige: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo. 256 pp. George Braziller. 2000.

Stevenson, John. Yoshitoshi's Women: The Woodblock-Print Series Fuzoku Sanjuniso. University of Washington Press. (rev. ed.). 1995.

Teraoka, Masami. Paintings by Masami Teraoka. James T. Ulak, Alexandra Munroe (contributor). 112 pp. BHB International, Inc. 1996.

__________. Masami Teraoka: From Tradition to Technology, the Floating World Comes of Age. John Stevenson, Lorna Price (editor). 64 pp. University of Washington Press. 1997.

White, Julia M. / Brandon, Reiko Mochinage / Woodson, Yoko. Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection, Honolulu Academy of Arts. 270 pp. University of Washington Press. 1999.

Yonemura, Ann. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne Van Biema Collection. Donald Keene, Andrew Gerstle, Elizabeth de Sabato Swinton, Joshua S. Mostow. 384 pp. University of Washington Press. 2002.