Best of Seasonal Ukiyo-e

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Hiroshige's Masterpieces with the Moon

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Utagawa Hiroshige
"Night at Saruwakacho"
13,000yen (Unframed)

This is one of  prints from Hiroshige's successful series, "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo". It is a very unique piece of the series and depicts the street view of Saruwaka-cho area where it is famous for many theaters and their related stores or restaurants. Hiroshige boldly used the perspective effect from front to back in the impressive night scene with a full moon. This print shows that Hiroshige learned western expressions such as that of people's shadows under the moon. Interestingly it likely seems that Van Gogh copied the composition of this print into his work of "Cafe Terrace at Night". So Hiroshige learned from the West and Van Gogh learned from the East!  The subtle cloud over the lower part of the moon is printed with the technique of "Atenashi bokashi - random gradation-" which is totally printer's improvisation. (This specific part of gradation only appeared in the early edition. ) Hiroshige often added people and living creatures with cute and comical facial expressions which gives warmth to his pieces. >>Details

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  • Van Gogh likely copied this composition with people into his oil painting.
  • "Atenashi bokashi" -random gradation- requires high level of printer's skill.

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Utagawa Hiroshige
"Autumn Moon on the Tama River"
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13,000yen (Unframed)

This is one of prints from the series of "Eight Views of the Environs of Edo" which is well known as Hiroshige's most noble and elegant group of prints. Hiroshige depicts the scene of Tama river in Edo with autumn full moon. The moon is printed using a silver leaf which gives a shiny effect and makes this print very special and elegant. All eight designs in this series are very sophisticated and elegant as they were originally designed for the poem group for the men of culture. Each print has a couple of poems by the group members. Hiroshige well arranged them inside of the beautiful landscapes. >>Details

Utagawa Hiroshige
"Moon through Leaves"
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13,000yen (Unframed)

This print has the series name as "Twenty-eight Views of the Moon", however only two designs are found by now. Hiroshige focused on the full moon through the autumn leaves which are hanging over the waterfall. Hiroshige easily cleared this quite difficult task where he needed to express stillness and movement at the same time. He even showed the cycle of life there. The format of this print is Otanzaku which is narrower than most common ukiyo-e format, Oban. Young Hiroshige was particularly fond of this format and depicted many flowers and birds designs in this size of paper. >>Details

Utagawa Hiroshige
"Twilight View of Seba from the series Sixty-nine Stations on the Kisokaido"
13,000yen (Unframed)

This is one of the prints of the series, "Sixty-nine Stations on Kisokaido" which was produced in the golden period of Hiroshige. And it is the most beautiful and elegant work in the series. The beautiful twilight with a full moon over the river and boat is depicted. It is so impressive and nothing but a poem without words. We can feel the winds running by the boat and let the willow tree's soft leaves swing. >>Details

Utagawa Hiroshige
"Full Moon at Kanazawa in Musashi Province"
13,000yen (Unframed)

No one has excelled Hiroshige in depicting moonlight scenes. Furthermore, among the great number of his famous moonlight scenes, there is no other comparable to this grand panoramic view of triptych in expressing the serenity of moonlight scenery. This panoramic view shows current Tokyo Bay under the full moon with magnificent reflections of moonlight. To print the triptych (three prints are separately printed) is very challenging even for the skilled printers because each print needs to have exact same tones and gradations to be displayed as if it is just one long print. The triptych of ukiyo-e consists of three Oban format prints and three prints were separately printed by printers which increased the speed of the production. Anyway Hiroshige had no problem expanding his full of mind view onto the larger stage. What an amazing talent he had! >>Details

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Adachi original frames for Oban (large-size) format

Adachi original frames
for Oban (large-size) format

The wooden frames are combined with durable UV-resistant acrylic sheets instead of glass. The frames can be used horizontally or vertically to match the Ukiyo-e displayed.

Frame stands

Frame stands

Frame stands are recommended for displaying works on a surface rather than hang it on walls. The stands can be disassembled for easy storage.