Japanese Studies Reference: Art History: Ukiyo-e / NIshiki-e Image Databases

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NDL Image Bank (NEW!)

The National Diet Library have allowed artwork in their possession to enter the public domain. The NDL Image Bank has approximately 1900 free to use images such as ukiyo-e prints, photos, books, and magazines. As long as the National Diet Library is credited using NDLイメージバンクthese images can be used for personal and commercial use. 

Virtual Exhibition

浮世絵・錦絵 Portal Sites


This video demonstrates the process of woodblock printing. 

This video explains the printing technique called "kappazuri," which is similar to stencil printing. This video introduces Mori Yoshitoshi, famous for applying this kappazuri technique for his print works.