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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