Woodblock printing in Japan ( 木版画 , mokuhanga ) is a technique best known for its use in the ukiyo-e artistic genre of single sheets, but it was also used for printing books in the same period. Woodblock printing had been used in China for centuries to print books, long before the advent of movable type , but was widely adopted in Japan during the Edo period (1603–1868). Although similar to woodcut in Western printmaking in some regards, the mokuhanga technique differs in that it uses water-based inks—as opposed to western woodcut, which often uses oil-based inks. The Japanese water-based inks provide a wide range of vivid colors, glazes , and transparency.

Woodblock-printed books from Chinese Buddhist temples were seen in Japan as early as the eighth century. In 764 the Empress Kōken commissioned one million small wooden pagodas, each containing a small woodblock scroll printed with a Buddhist text ( Hyakumantō Darani ). These were distributed to temples around the country as thanksgiving for the suppression of the Emi Rebellion of 764. [1] These are the earliest examples of woodblock printing known, or documented, from Japan.

By the eleventh century, Buddhist temples in Japan produced printed books of sutras, mandalas, and other Buddhist texts and images. For centuries, printing was mainly restricted to the Buddhist sphere, as it was too expensive for mass production, and did not have a receptive, literate public as a market. However, an important set of fans of the late Heian period (12th century), containing painted images and Buddhist sutras , reveal from loss of paint that the underdrawing for the paintings was printed from blocks. [2]

The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints creates reproduction of Ukiyo-e prints with the same traditional techniques that were used in the Edo period, when the original Ukiyo-e prints were made. Skilled artisans carefully create each print. The vividly colored traditional crafts of Japan are reasonably priced and popular as gifts around the world.

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Woodblock printing in Japan ( 木版画 , mokuhanga ) is a technique best known for its use in the ukiyo-e artistic genre of single sheets, but it was also used for printing books in the same period. Woodblock printing had been used in China for centuries to print books, long before the advent of movable type , but was widely adopted in Japan during the Edo period (1603–1868). Although similar to woodcut in Western printmaking in some regards, the mokuhanga technique differs in that it uses water-based inks—as opposed to western woodcut, which often uses oil-based inks. The Japanese water-based inks provide a wide range of vivid colors, glazes , and transparency.

Woodblock-printed books from Chinese Buddhist temples were seen in Japan as early as the eighth century. In 764 the Empress Kōken commissioned one million small wooden pagodas, each containing a small woodblock scroll printed with a Buddhist text ( Hyakumantō Darani ). These were distributed to temples around the country as thanksgiving for the suppression of the Emi Rebellion of 764. [1] These are the earliest examples of woodblock printing known, or documented, from Japan.

By the eleventh century, Buddhist temples in Japan produced printed books of sutras, mandalas, and other Buddhist texts and images. For centuries, printing was mainly restricted to the Buddhist sphere, as it was too expensive for mass production, and did not have a receptive, literate public as a market. However, an important set of fans of the late Heian period (12th century), containing painted images and Buddhist sutras , reveal from loss of paint that the underdrawing for the paintings was printed from blocks. [2]

The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints creates reproduction of Ukiyo-e prints with the same traditional techniques that were used in the Edo period, when the original Ukiyo-e prints were made. Skilled artisans carefully create each print. The vividly colored traditional crafts of Japan are reasonably priced and popular as gifts around the world.

Tue-Fri
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sat and Sun
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed on
Mondays and Holidays

Woodblock printing in Japan ( 木版画 , mokuhanga ) is a technique best known for its use in the ukiyo-e artistic genre of single sheets, but it was also used for printing books in the same period. Woodblock printing had been used in China for centuries to print books, long before the advent of movable type , but was widely adopted in Japan during the Edo period (1603–1868). Although similar to woodcut in Western printmaking in some regards, the mokuhanga technique differs in that it uses water-based inks—as opposed to western woodcut, which often uses oil-based inks. The Japanese water-based inks provide a wide range of vivid colors, glazes , and transparency.

Woodblock-printed books from Chinese Buddhist temples were seen in Japan as early as the eighth century. In 764 the Empress Kōken commissioned one million small wooden pagodas, each containing a small woodblock scroll printed with a Buddhist text ( Hyakumantō Darani ). These were distributed to temples around the country as thanksgiving for the suppression of the Emi Rebellion of 764. [1] These are the earliest examples of woodblock printing known, or documented, from Japan.

By the eleventh century, Buddhist temples in Japan produced printed books of sutras, mandalas, and other Buddhist texts and images. For centuries, printing was mainly restricted to the Buddhist sphere, as it was too expensive for mass production, and did not have a receptive, literate public as a market. However, an important set of fans of the late Heian period (12th century), containing painted images and Buddhist sutras , reveal from loss of paint that the underdrawing for the paintings was printed from blocks. [2]

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