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About Adachi ukiyo-e reproductions

How large are the Adachi ukiyo-e reprodcutions?
Many Ukiyo-e were produced in a size called “O-ban” (large format), which is slightly larger than the present-day A4 size paper. The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints faithfully reproduces Ukiyo-e from the Edo Period, and the exact size of the print differs depending on the work. Moreover, many Ukiyo-e are not perfect rectangles, and the size inscribed on the webpage for each work may differ somewhat from the actual size.
How many kinds of ukiyo-e reproductions has Adachi produced?
Up to now, the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints has reproduced approximately 1,200 works of Ukiyo-e. About 300 of these are introduced at the Online Store.
What do I do if I cannot find the Ukiyo-e I am looking for?
If you do not find the Ukiyo-e you are looking for at the Online Store, please feel free to send an inquiry to adachi@adachi-hanga.com.
Can I see the actual product before I make a purchase?
At the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints Showroom in Mejiro, Tokyo, visitors can actually see or purchase the products. Please feel free to visit the showroom, which is about a 10-minute walk from Mejiro Station on the JR Yamanote Line.
Do you have frames for displaying Ukiyo-e by the Adachi Institute?
The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints provides frames made especially for Ukiyo-e. The special frames are custom made to fit Ukiyo-e, which are different in size from modern day paintings. The frames create the perfect balance so that the Ukiyo-e can be beautifully displayed.
I have previously purchased a framed Ukiyo-e print from Adachi. Could I replace the print in the frame with a different one on my own?
It is easy to replace the print in an Ukiyo-e frame from the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints with another print. We will provide a mat that matches the newly purchased print (for an additional fee of 1,000 yen excluding tax). Please request the mat when you make your order.
How should an Ukiyo-e print by the Adachi Institute be stored?
Please take care to store a woodcut print in a well-ventilated place where it will not be exposed to direct sunlight or moisture. Ukiyo-e frames from the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints are made using acrylic boards that cut ultraviolet rays by 70 percent. However, please avoid displaying works in places where they may be
Can I use image files of Ukiyo-e by the Adachi Institute?
The Adachi Foundation is the copyright owner of all image files of Ukiyo-e by the Adachi Institute. Unauthorized use including personal use of images of Ukiyo-e uploaded on the Internet or photographed/scanned even after purchase is strictly forbidden.
The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints lends positive films or image data of Ukiyoe images for commercial use at a fee. Please send an inquiry to adachi@adachi-hanga.com for more information.

About the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints

What type of company is the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints?
The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints was established at the beginning of the Showa Period as a woodcut print production company. Since then, the company has created woodcut prints using traditional woodcut printing techniques that were cultivated in the Edo Period through the creation of Ukiyo-e. At present, the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints is the only workshop where carvers, printers and publishers work in the same studio. In the aim of preserving and developing traditional woodcut printing techniques that Japan boasts to the world, the Adachi Institute continues to release a large number of works including reproductions of Ukiyo-e prints, woodcut prints of works by masters of Japanese painting and works by contemporary artists.
How are Ukiyo-e by the Adachi Institute made?
The Adachi Institute makes faithful reproductions of Ukiyo-e prints by employing the same methods that were used by the original woodcut print makers of the Edo Period. Master carvers create the woodblocks, which printers use to print the Ukiyo-e one color at a time on washi, handmade Japanese paper.
Can I visit the production studio at the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints?
Unfortunately, our production studio is closed to the public. However, in response to the many requests to see the production process of Ukiyo-e, the Adachi Foundation schedules demonstrations about six times a year, where visitors can see mainly the printing process. As space is limited, the demonstrations can be viewed by advance reservation only. Please send us an inquiry by email for information on scheduled demonstrations and how to make reservations.