Japanese Prints

The Hood’s collection of Japanese prints represents major print genres and themes, including actors, fashionable women, perspective, landscape, warriors, Japan’s 19th-century modernization, and early 20th-century prints. 

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The Hood’s collection of more than three hundred Japanese woodblock prints is a valuable teaching resource. The collection includes prints in a wide variety of formats representing major print genres, including kabuki actor prints (yakusha-e), pictures of fashionable women (bijinga), perspective prints (uki-e), landscape prints (fūkeiga), warrior prints (musha-e), pictures of foreigners residing in Yokohama (Yokohama-e), prints depicting Japan’s late nineteenth-century modernization (kaika-e), and early twentieth-century prints (shin hanga).

Educational Resources

Japanese Prints at the Hood Museum of Art

An interactive online guide to significant Japanese prints from the Hood Museum of Art. Created for high school and college students by Professor Allen Hockley, 2003. The site features:

  • Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858): two complete Tokaido series
  • Katsukawa Shunsen (1762–1830?): eleven acts of the popular kabuki play Chushingura.
  • Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865):Opening Night in the Morita Kabuki Theater
  • A guide to the print production process

Online resource for teachers: The Women of Shin Hanga

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Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige, Japanese, 1797 - 1858
Zojoji Akabane (Zojoji Pagoda and Akabane), from Meisho Edo Hyakei (One Hundred Views of Edo)
1857
162.13.14751
Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige, Japanese, 1797 - 1858
Yushima Tenjin sakaue chobo (Hilltop View; Yushima Tenjin Shrine), from Meisho Edo Hyakei (One Hundred...
1856
162.13.14754
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
Four Women, Interior Scene (triptych)
1865, ninth month
162.13.14755
Hiroshi Yoshida, Japanese, 1876 - 1950
Golden Pagoda in Rangoon
1932
162.13.14759
Unknown Japanese, Japanese
Fish with Signature and Seal
probably late 19th-early 20th century
162.13.14760
Unknown Japanese, Japanese
Two Black Crows in Snow
not dated
162.13.14761
Ôkura Kôtô, Japanese, active 1894
Heroic Death of Commander T. Hirose in Execution of the Brilliant Mission to Block Port Arthur...
1904
162.13.14764
Unknown Japanese, Japanese
A Couple Looking Over a Bay (man in a Russo-Japanese War or Sino-Japanese War uniform; the woman in...
about 1900
162.13.14765
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1798 - 1861
Yoshiwara Sparrows' Temporary Nest (Saka suzume negurar no kariyado)
about 1844
2005.53
Isoda Koryusai, Japanese, active 1765 - 1785
Kasugano of the Yotsumeya Parading with her Sinzo and Kamuro, from the series Models for Fashions: New...
about 1778
2005.54.1
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1798 - 1861
Mongaku Shonin Doing his Penance beneath Nachi Waterfall
about 1852-1853
2005.54.2
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1798 - 1861
Court Ceremony (one of three sheets)
late 1840s
2006.65.10.1
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1798 - 1861
Court Ceremony (one of three sheets)
late 1840s
2006.65.10.2
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1798 - 1861
Court Ceremony (one of three sheets)
late 1840s
2006.65.10.3
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1798 - 1861
Scene from the Tale of Heike (one of three sheets)
1847
2006.65.11.1
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1798 - 1861
Scene from the Tale of Heike (one of three sheets)
1847
2006.65.11.2
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1798 - 1861
Scene from the Tale of Heike (one of three sheets)
1847
2006.65.11.3
Kochoro Toyokuni, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
Twelve Months of Genji (Genji junikagetsu no uchi): Sixth Month (Minazuki) (Triptych)
1856, seventh month
2006.65.12
Kochoro Toyokuni, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
Twelve Months of Genji (Genji junikagetsu no uchi): Sixth Month (Minazuki) (Triptych)
1856, seventh month
2006.65.12
Kochoro Toyokuni, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
Twelve Months of Genji (Genji junikagetsu no uchi): Sixth Month (Minazuki) (Triptych)
1856, seventh month
2006.65.12
Kochoro Toyokuni, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
Twelve Months of Genji (Genji junikagetsu no uchi): Sixth Month (Minazuki) (Triptych)
1856, seventh month
2006.65.12
Utagawa Yoshitora, Japanese, active 1830's - 1880's
Nitta Clan Warriors Gathering for Battle (one of three sheets)
1863
2006.65.13.1
Utagawa Yoshitora, Japanese, active 1830's - 1880's
Nitta Clan Warriors Gathering for Battle (one of three sheets)
1863
2006.65.13.2
Utagawa Yoshitora, Japanese, active 1830's - 1880's
Nitta Clan Warriors Gathering for Battle (one of three sheets)
1863
2006.65.13.3
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
Scene from a Kabuki Play (one of three sheets)
1854
2006.65.14.1
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
Scene from a Kabuki Play (one of three sheets)
1854
2006.65.14.2
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
Scene from a Kabuki Play (one of three sheets)
1854
2006.65.14.3
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
Lasting Impressions of the Tale of Genji (Genji goshu yojo): Chapter 24 (Nijuyon no maki) Butterflies...
1859, second month
2006.65.15
Utagawa Kunisada II, Japanese, 1823 - 1880
Moon Viewing from a Pleasure Boat on the Sumida River (one of three sheets)
1859
2006.65.16.1
Utagawa Kunisada II, Japanese, 1823 - 1880
Moon Viewing from a Pleasure Boat on the Sumida River (one of three sheets)
1859
2006.65.16.2
Utagawa Kunisada II, Japanese, 1823 - 1880
Moon Viewing from a Pleasure Boat on the Sumida River (one of three sheets)
1859
2006.65.16.3
Utagawa Kunisada II, Japanese, 1823 - 1880
Stylish Handscroll of Genji (Genji imayo emaki): Heart-to-Heart (Aoi) (Triptych)
1858
2006.65.17
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1798 - 1861
Scene from a Kabuki Play (one of three sheets)
1849
2006.65.18.1
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1798 - 1861
Scene from a Kabuki Play (one of three sheets)
1849
2006.65.18.2
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1798 - 1861
Scene from a Kabuki Play (one of three sheets)
1849
2006.65.18.3
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
Scene from a Kabuki Play
1847-1857
2006.65.1
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
Scene from the Kabuki Play Chushingura (one of three sheets)
1849-1850
2006.65.2.1
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
Scene from the Kabuki Play Chushingura (one of three sheets)
1849-1850
2006.65.2.2
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
Scene from the Kabuki Play Chushingura (one of three sheets)
1849-1850
2006.65.2.3
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
A Scene of Kabuki Play
1848
2006.65.3
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
Woman with Letter in her Mouth; from the series Scenes from the Twelve Months
1852
2006.65.4
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
Famous Places of the Capital During the Four Seasons
1862
2006.65.5
Utagawa Yoshitoyo, Japanese, 1830 - 1866
Views of Tokaido: Edo, Shinbashi
1863
2006.65.6
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
A Six Panel Composition Mounted in Two Triptychs; Triptych 1, panels 1-3: Related Sleeves in Bay-dye...
1855, eigth month
2006.65.7.1
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
A Six Panel Composition Mounted in Two Triptychs; Triptych 2, panels 4-6: Mutually Creating Genji (Ai...
1855, eigth month
2006.65.7.2
Shigenori, Japanese, active 1850's - 1860's
Procession of Women at the Castle Gate (one of three sheets)
1856
2006.65.8.1
Shigenori, Japanese, active 1850's - 1860's
Procession of Women at the Castle Gate (one of three sheets)
1856
2006.65.8.2
Shigenori, Japanese, active 1850's - 1860's
Procession of Women at the Castle Gate (one of three sheets)
1856
2006.65.8.3
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1798 - 1861
Parodies; from the series The Five Elements (Mitate gogyu), (one of three sheets)
1851-1853
2006.65.9.1
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1798 - 1861
Parodies; from the series The Five Elements (Mitate gogyu), (one of three sheets)
1851-1853
2006.65.9.2
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1798 - 1861
Parodies; from the series The Five Elements (Mitate gogyu), (one of three sheets)
1851-1853
2006.65.9.3
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1798 - 1861
Benkei Stealing the Bell of Mii-dera
1845
2006.81
Torii Kiyomasu II, Japanese, 1706 - 1763
The Actors Ichikawa Ebizo II and Matsumoto Koshiro II
about 1739
2007.4
Utagawa Toyoharu, Japanese, 1735 - 1814
Scenic Antiquities of the Land of Yamato, Portrayed in Perspective: Eight Views of Lake Omi
about 1775
2007.8.1
Katsukawa Shunsho, Japanese, 1726 - 1792
Ichikawa Danjuro V and a Child Actor
about 1771
2007.8.2
Isoda Koryusai, Japanese, active 1765 - 1785
Courtesan Dreaming of Eloping with her Lover
about 1770
2007.8.3
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
The Actor Ichikawa Danjuro VII as Teraoka Heiemon
1828
2007.9
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1798 - 1861
Gama Sennin, the Toad Spirit, teaching Yoshikado and his sister Takiyasha the Arts of Magic
1845
2008.62
Suzuki Harunobu, Japanese, 1724 - 1770
Couple in a Snow Storm
1768
2009.11
Ito Shinsui, Japanese, 1898 - 1972
Footwarmer (Kotatsu), from The Second Series of Modern Beauties (Gendai bijinshu dai-nishu)
1931
2009.38
attributed to Nishimura Shigenaga, Japanese, 1697 - 1756
Yoshitsune Playing his Flute at Princess Joruri's Mansion
about 1740
2009.39
Ambreen Butt, Pakistani, born 1969
Ladybugs, number one of five, from the series Daughter of the East
2008
2009.47.1
Ambreen Butt, Pakistani, born 1969
Untited (Woman/Dragon), number two of five, from the series Daughter of the East
2008
2009.47.2
Ambreen Butt, Pakistani, born 1969
Untited (Golden Woman), number three of five, from the series Daughter of the East
2008
2009.47.3
Ambreen Butt, Pakistani, born 1969
Untited (Dark Woman), number four of five, from the series Daughter of the East
2008
2009.47.4
Ambreen Butt, Pakistani, born 1969
Untited (Weeping), number five of five, from the series Daughter of the East
2008
2009.47.5
Reiji Kimura, Japanese, born 1926
4444.4
1966
2009.69.2
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
Untitled
19th century
2009.89.10
Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige, Japanese, 1797 - 1858
Twlight Shower at Tadasu Bank; from the series Famous Palaces of Kyoto
1834
2010.62.1
Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige, Japanese, 1797 - 1858
Oi, from the series 69 Stops on the Kisokaido
late 1830s
2010.62.2
Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige, Japanese, 1797 - 1858
Musa, from the series 69 Stops on the Kisokaido
late 1830s
2010.62.3
Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige, Japanese, 1797 - 1858
Rabbit and Flowering Grass (Tanzaku-Poem Slip Format)
about 1830s-1850s
2010.62.4
Keisai Eisen, Japanese, 1790 - 1848
Shiojiri tôge, Suwa no kosui chôbô (Shiojiri Pass: View of Lake Suwa), Number 36 from the series...
about 1835-1838 (Tenpô 6-9)
2010.62.5
Kitagawa Utamaro, Japanese, 1753 - 1806
Fanciful Five Relationsips, from the series Elegant Five-Needled Pine (Fûryû goyô no matsu)
1797-1798
2010.62.6
Shigeaki Koeda, Japanese, born 1953
Stone - 6, 1988
1988
2010.78.10
Kenji Onjoji, Japanese, born 1946
Crossing - 4
1985
2010.78.15
Toko Shinoda, Japanese, born 1913
East Moon
about 1980
2010.78.16
Shigeru Taniguchi, Japanese, born 1948
Meeting of the Minds
1976
2010.78.17
Motoyuki Tsuboi, Japanese, born 1942
Garden of a Great Soul, from the Nebulosity Series
1983
2010.78.18
Kazuo Umezawa, Japanese, born 1952
Shine
about 1985
2010.78.19
Kazuo Umezawa, Japanese, born 1952
Shine
about 1985
2010.78.20
Tsuguo Yanai, Japanese, born 1953
Transformation (In Japanese)
1982
2010.78.21
Tsuguo Yanai, Japanese, born 1953
Sundown
1984
2010.78.22
Yutaka Yoshinaga, Japanese, born 1948
96 - C- 2
1996
2010.78.25
Keiko Hara, Japanese, born 1942
Topophilia
1981
2010.78.2
Keiko Hara, Japanese, born 1942
Verse 4.5.2.2
1985
2010.78.3
Shingo Honda, Japanese, born 1944
Triangle
1983
2010.78.4
Shoichi Ida, Japanese, born 1941
Paper Between Ink Stain & Ink Stain
about 1981
2010.78.5
Hachiro Iizuka, Japanese, 1928 - 2008
Landscape B
1988
2010.78.6
Hachiro Iizuka, Japanese, 1928 - 2008
System of Change - 3
about 1980
2010.78.7
Hachiro Iizuka, Japanese, 1928 - 2008
System of Change - 5
about 1980
2010.78.8
Hachiro Iizuka, Japanese, 1928 - 2008
System of Change - 8
about 1980
2010.78.9
Hisaya Paul Ishii, Japanese, born 1987
dh, from the Portfolio of Prints 2011 (Two River Printmaking Studio, 10th Anniversary)
2011
2012.10.15
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
Two Actors with Fans
1859
2013.42.10
possibly Kunisada, Japanese, 20th century
Samurai and Magic Toad
1850s-1860s
2013.42.7
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
Kabuki Theater Scene
about 1850
2013.42.8
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786 - 1865
Kabuki Theater Scene
about 1850
2013.42.9
Yoshu Chikanobu, Japanese, 1838 - 1912
Constitution Ceremony Great Festival: The Royal Phoenix Carriage, A Picture of the Imperial Passage...
February 6, 1889 (12th year of the Meiji Era)
2013.60.1
Utagawa Kuniaki, Japanese, 1835 - 1888
An Imperial Excursion to Maruyama in Shiba Park (Shiba kôenji Maruyama goyûran no zu)
1880
2013.60.2
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Japanese, 1839 - 1892
Empress Jingu, from the series Dai-Nippon shi ryaku zue (Concise Illustrated History of Great Japan)
1879
2014.20