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Contemporary Ukiyo-e Created
Using Traditional Woodcut Print Techniques

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The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints carries on the tradition of Japan's woodcut print techniques
which gave birth to ukiyo-e in the 17th century.
We offer the world contemporary ukiyo-e created in collaboration with today's finest artists.

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Encounter between traditional woodcut prints and contemporary artists in 1979
Makoto Wada “Six Stars on the Screen” from “Japanese Woodcut Prints Today”

Based on the belief that not only the reproduction of historic ukiyo-e but also the production of “contemporary ukiyo-e” is essential to pass on traditional woodcut printing techniques to future generations, in 1979, the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints produced and published a collection of original woodcut prints entitled “Japanese Woodcut Prints Today” with the concept of “encounter between traditional woodcut prints and contemporary artists.” The project received the support of five designers and illustrators then working on the frontlines of their fields – Kiyoshi Awazu, Mitsuo Katsui, Ikko Tanaka, Shoji Yamafuji and Makoto Wada – who worked with the artisans at the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints to produce original woodcut prints. Here, we are featuring the works of one of the artists and the illustrator, Makoto Wada, who passed away in 2019. It is a series entitled “Six Stars on the Screen” depicting great actors and a musician from foreign films.

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July 14, 2021

The long-awaited new creation by James Jean, “Chrysanthemum”, is completed as his fifth work with Adachi!

“Chrysanthemum”, the new creation by James Jean working with Adachi’s artisans, has just been completed as his fifth work in the special “Muse” series of woodcut prints. Although “Chrysanthemum” started out as a purely digital work, “the spirit of the image was imbued into the final work through the manual production process of woodcut prints,” Jean said. The Chrysanthemum muse is caught in a tornado of fire in a process of destruction and rebirth. It is the long-awaited new creation by Jean that thoroughly demonstrates the attraction of this artist's work.

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Entry Period: June 25 (12 p.m.)–July 5 (12 p.m.), 2021 (Japan Time)

*Entering this drawing is limited to only one product per customer. Please note that customers who select more than one will be excluded from the drawing. This product is scheduled to be shipped after mid-July.
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June 24, 2021

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©?James Jean

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James Jean, the international artist whose celebrated collaboration with South Korea’s BTS lights up HYBE INSIGHT in Seoul, continues his work in ukiyo-e

The world is the stage for James Jean, an artist whose current collaboration with South Korean pop band BTS is showcased at the HYBE INSIGHT museum in Seoul through November 14, 2021. Once again, Jean has closely with the carvers and printers at the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints to complete the fifth title in his special “Muse” series of woodcut prints, "Chrysanthemum.”

Although “Chrysanthemum” started out as a purely digital work, “the spirit of the image was imbued into the final work through the manual production process of woodcut prints,” Jean said. The Chrysanthemum muse is caught in a tornado of fire in a process of destruction and rebirth. It is the long-awaited new creation by Jean that thoroughly demonstrates the attraction of this artist's work.

James Jean

Chrysanthemum

James Jean

The Editor -Cutaway-

James Jean

Parasola

James Jean

Dolly Varden

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feebee's new addition to the series, "The Beast Known as Kotobuki -Ox-" presenting for the year of the Ox, 2021

feebee is an accomplished illustrator who has been active in recent years as a creator of modern art. The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints proudly presents our collaboration with feebee after "Rat" for 2020 entitled "The Beast Known as Kotobuki - Ox -" portraying an auspicious creature -- a chimera that embodies all the animals of the Eastern zodiac.
It is a magnificent work of contemporary ukiyo-e incorporating the traditional Chinese painting technique of Gongbi to fully express the elaborate and mystical style of the artist.

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Photo:Kenji Mori

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"Floating World" of Keiichi Tanaami, a World Woven Together by Eros and Thanatos

For more than half a century, the artist Keiichi Tanaami has been a driving force on the Japanese art scene. In recent years, his large-scale exhibitions at the Kawasaki City Museum, Ginza Graphic Gallery and other venues have garnered high praise. He has gained support from people of all ages through ambitious projects including collaborations with Adidas and Uniqlo.
Now, the first woodcut print by Keiichi Tanaami has been completed. The world we live in today was projected onto the piece in psychedelic colors, revealing a truly "Floating World." We hope you enjoy the world of Keiichi Tanaami woven together by Eros and Thanatos as presented in the form of a woodcut print.

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Ukiyo-e Series by Izumi Kato Begins

Through paintings, sculptures, lithographs and various other means of expression, Izumi Kato has conveyed his unique sensibilities to create a world of his own. Now, he is venturing into the world of ukiyo-e and Japanese traditional woodcut prints for the first time. Izumi Kato grew up in an area of Shimane Prefecture richly endowed with nature. Although using "hitogata" (literally “humanlike form") as his motif and having the impression of primitive and animism, the artist breaks free from all constraints to create his first ukiyo-e based on traditional woodcut printing techniques. It is a powerful and captivating piece of work full of vital energy.

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Promising Young Artist Tomiyuki Kaneko Ventures into the World of Ukiyo-e!
The Brilliantly Colored World of Divine Beasts
"Red Tiger""Blue Tiger"

Based in Yamagata, Tomiyuki Kaneko is an up-and-coming artist whose works portray an ethereal universe of spirits, monstrous creatures and divine beings. Through traditional woodcut printing techniques, Mr. Kaneko's universe of divine beasts has now been brought to life in brilliant colors as "Red Tiger""Blue Tiger."

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Contemporary Ukiyo-e Artist,Yu Miyazaki

The Adachi Foundation has sponsored the Adachi Contemporary Ukiyo-e Award every year from 2009 in the aim of exploring Ukiyo-e artists who will produce works in collaboration with contemporary carvers and printers. This spring, the grand prize was awarded to Yu Miyazaki, whose contemporary Ukiyo-e is now ready to be unveiled. This is a contemporary Ukiyo-e bijin-ga (portrait of a beautiful woman) produced by carvers and printers at the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints based on an original artwork Ms. Miyazaki created especially for the woodcut print.

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photo by Yohei Sogabe

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Artist Akira Yamaguchi takes the point of view of an "outsider" to create a "meisho-e" or ukiyo-e landscape of the famous Dogo Onsen, known as the setting for the novel "Botchan."100 Famous View of Dogo ? Isaniwa Shrine

The meisho-e "100 Famous View of Dogo ? Isaniwa Shrine" created by the popular contemporary artist Akira Yamaguchi for "Dogo Art 2016," an event presently taking place in Dogo Onsen hot spring, has now been completed as a contemporary ukiyo-e. It is a much-awaited new work to follow the previous contemporary ukiyo-e "The New Famous Views of the Eastern Capital (Toto Meisho) Series" created in two collaboration projects with the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints.

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Photo:?Mallikarjun Katakol

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India and Japan ? A True Cultural Exchange
N. S. Harsha, an Artist from South India, Undertakes an Ukiyo-e Project for the First Time!

Born in South India, the artist N. S. Harsha is currently active around the world. To mark his first exhibition in Japan entitled “N. S. Harsha: Charming Journey” (Mori Art Museum, February 4, 2017 ? June 11, 2017), he took on the role of an ukiyo-e artist and worked with carvers and printers at the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints to create modern works of ukiyo-e.N. S. Harsha is known for his unique use of color, which is filled with a sense of clarity and transparency. The original woodcut prints are a brilliant fusion of Mr. Harsha's original style and the distinct feel of woodcut prints that is born from traditional Japanese handcrafted paper and watercolors. We are pleased to introduce the collaborative works of Mr. Harsha, who reflects on traditional Indian culture to establish his own unique form of artistic expression, and the Adachi Institute, which strives to keep alive the traditional woodcut printing techniques of Japan.

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Photo=Seiya Kawamoto

Yasunari Ikenaga, the contemporary artist and creator of bijin-ga portraits of beautiful women, completes his first magnificent work in ukiyo-e!

Yasunari Ikenaga is an artist known for his portraits of enchanting modern beauties captured through delicate lines and a unique use of color. Now, Mr. Ikenaga has taken on the role of the modern ukiyo-e artist to create his first bijin-ga or picture of a beautiful woman in collaboration with carvers and printers at the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints, who have kept ukiyo-e production techniques alive in the present day.
This is an original woodcut print created by Mr. Ikenaga who depicts the opulent elegance of the woman making full use of the smooth lines characteristic of woodcut prints and the soft textures of washi Japanese paper.

© YAYOI KUSAMA

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Inspired by Yayoi Kusama's My Mt. Fuji
Collaboration between Avant-garde and Tradition

Yayoi Kusama is one of the world's leading avant-garde painters today. Easily identifiable with their colourful polka dot patterns, her artworks have a unique, unforgettable charm. Ms. Kusama teamed up with the Adachi Institute's carvers and printers to create her first-ever ukiyo-e, traditional Japanese woodcut prints that continue to be highly acclaimed around the world today. This collaboration was covered in "The Premium: Yayoi Kusama's Mt. Fuji ? Challenging Ukiyo-e," a program aired on NHK BS Premium on New Year's Day 2015. The response from all sectors was overwhelming.

Ms. Kusama is in the limelight internationally for her artworks that consistently exceed the imagination. By collaborating with her, the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints was able to identify possibilities for fresh, new artistic expressions amid tradition, a key for passing down traditional woodcut print techniques to future generations.As the results of this collaboration between avant-garde and tradition, Ms. Kusama's contemporary ukiyo-e are exhibited here for the first time.

Yayoi Kusama

Mt. Fuji of my heart speaks

Yayoi Kusama

Mt. Fuji is the home of my heart

Yayoi Kusama

わが心の富士1

Yayoi Kusama

Mt. Fuji in Seven Colours

Yayoi Kusama

Mt. Fuji in Seven Colours

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Encounter between traditional woodcut prints and contemporary artists in 1979
“Japanese Woodcut Prints Today”

Based on the belief that not only the reproduction of historic ukiyo-e but also the production of “contemporary ukiyo-e” is essential to pass on traditional woodcut printing techniques to future generations, in 1979, the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints produced and published a collection of original woodcut prints entitled “Japanese Woodcut Prints Today” with the concept of “encounter between traditional woodcut prints and contemporary artists.” The project received the support of five designers and illustrators then working on the frontlines of their fields – Kiyoshi Awazu, Mitsuo Katsui, Ikko Tanaka, Shoji Yamafuji and Makoto Wada – who worked with the artisans at the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints to produce original woodcut prints.

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"Hokusai Patterns" are revived now contemporary designers inspired by Hokusai's "Album of New Format of Fine Patterns"

Katsushika Hokusai was one of the most famous ukiyo-e artists in Edo era. World renown Hokusai was also active as a designer as well as the genius ukiyo-e artist who produced many masterpieces such as "Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji". He published "Album of New Format of Fine Patterns" which is the design book for the Kimono fabric's pattern in 1824 and these patterns are still very popular over centuries. In 1987, contemporary designers who were inspired by Hokusai's patterns took them into their own works as motifs and produced woodcut prints with artisans who inherit the techniques from the time of Hokusai at Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints.

Kiyoshi Awazu

"Hokusai Patterns/ Awazu Colors"

K.Asaba/K.Sato/S.Matsunaga

"Hokusai Design Contemporary Prints from Hokusai Design Sketchbook"

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World-Leading Artistic Creators Interpret Ukiyo-e
TOKYO DESIGN WEEK in Milano Salone 2015
“Homage to UKIYOE”

The “Homage to Ukiyoe” project, first exhibited during the Tokyo Design Week in Milano Salone 2015, enabled six of the world’s most renowned contemporary artists and designers to become ukiyo-e (traditional Japanese woodcut print) artists. Collaborating with the carvers and printers of the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints, and guided by the “Homage to Ukiyoe” theme, these currently active creators produced contemporary ukiyo-e expressing their own individual interpretations of the woodcut prints of Japan's Edo period (1603?1867) that influenced Van Gogh and Monet.

TOKYO DESIGN WEEK in Milano Salone 2015

James Jean

Pomegranate

TOKYO DESIGN WEEK in Milano Salone 2015

Alex Puvilland

Avant Garde

TOKYO DESIGN WEEK in Milano Salone 2015

Alan Chan

The Great Teacher

TOKYO DESIGN WEEK in Milano Salone 2015

Ross Lovegrove

WATERWORLD

TOKYO DESIGN WEEK in Milano Salone 2015

Dan Schlesinger

Hedwig's World

TOKYO DESIGN WEEK in Milano Salone 2015

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Finding Space

Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints
Pursuing New Artistic Expressions amid Tradition

The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints has worked to pass down the traditional Japanese woodcut print techniques from generation to generation. In addition to producing traditional prints, Adachi Institute works together with contemporary artists to create new, original, artwork using the woodcut print medium.

Ukiyo-e: The Pride of Japan
Offering the Heart of Ukiyo-e to People Today

Ukiyo-e have influenced Impressionist painters and many other kinds of artists since the second half of the 19th century, and they continue to be highly acclaimed around the world today. Ukiyo-e captivate viewers with the unique delicacy of their lines, the brightness of their colours, and their thoroughgoing minimalism that emerged through ukiyo-e's origins in commercial printing. This beauty is further heightened by the unique warmth imparted by Japan's distinctive materials: cherrywood woodblocks, water-based pigments, and handmade washi (Japanese paper). The Adachi Institute aims to produce contemporary ukiyo-e, original woodcut prints that fully incorporate the woodcut print techniques developed for ukiyo-e centuries ago.

Creating the Finest Woodcut Prints
A Group of Artisans

Since the time of its founding, the Adachi Institute has engaged in woodcut print production. To create the finest prints, we structured Adachi as a studio where the best carvers and printers work side by side. To preserve and pass down traditional woodcut print techniques?the pride of Japan to the world?the Adachi Institute established the Adachi Foundation for the Preservation of Woodcut Printing in 1994. Under this foundation, apprentices join in our production activities and receive training. Young artisans who will spearhead the future learn techniques and seek to further improve them by working with master artisans every day.

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The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints

Address
3-13-17 Shimoochiai, Shinjuku, Tokyo 161-0033
TEL
+81-3-3951-2681
Access
<By Train> JR Yamanote line
About 10-mins. walk from Mejiro Station
<By Bus> Toei Bus (No.65)
About 5-mins. walk from Shimoochiai 3-chome Busstop
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10:00-17:00 (Saturdays)
Closed
Sundays,Mondays,National Holidays and Year-end Holidays