We want to make the purchase of antique Japanese woodblock prints to be easy, informative, and enjoyable. We want you to be able to make informed decisions about what you’re buying, as well as make it easy for you to find a beautiful piece of artwork that will speak to your soul, and we’re continually working to both provide additional resources, but an improved browsing experience.

Resource Articles

How do I know this antique Japanese woodblock print is real?
One of the most common questions we get, so we decided to give you as much information as possible into Japanese woodblocks and how to educate yourself on the topic.

Collecting Antique Japanese Woodblocks
A lot of thought can go into creation a collection, and sometimes it’s worth spending time to set a path.

Buying Japanese Woodblock Prints from a Dealer instead of Ebay
The advantages and disadvantages to these two main methods of buying woodblock prints.

Advice on buying antique Japanese woodblock prints on eBay and auction websites
Nobody likes to be disappointed when their package arrives from an online auction; read this article to help you in bidding for antique Japanese woodblocks.

Identifying Watanabe Publishing seals and corresponding dates
Watanabe was the publishing house of many of the most popular and sought after prints and artists of the shin hanga movement; this resource will help you understand the age and edition of a Watanabe-published print.

Hiroshi Yoshida publishing seals
Hiroshi Yoshida prints often have a small selection of seals and signature types that can be a significant factor in the value of a print.

Storage and Framing of Japanese Woodblock Prints
How you store and frame your woodblock print can make a huge difference in your enjoyment of the artwork, now and into the future.

The catalogue raisonné for Shiro Kasamatsu
A searchable and filtered online catalog that we created for the art of Shiro Kasamatsu.

Made in Japan seal on the verso of prints
While not definitive as a means of dating, the presence of “Made in Japan” can provide information when found on shin-hanga prints.

Removing woodblocks that have been glued to backing paper
With many woodblock prints published after 1920 that have been glued to backing paper, you’ll want to (and easily can) remove them from their backing with a simple distilled water bath.

The Curious Case of Japanese Woodblock Appraisals
We’ve seen our fair share of really bad appraisals, learn what to look for and what to avoid.

Cross-Cultural Dialogues: Western Artists and their Engagement with Shin Hanga and Sosaku Hanga in the Early 1900s
The early 20th century witnessed a transformative exchange between Western artists and Japanese printmaking movements, particularly shin hanga and sosaku hanga.

Sosaku-hanga Japanese Woodblock Prints
A brief overview of sosaku-hanga.

Shin-hanga Japanese Woodblock Prints
A brief overview of shin-hanga.

Ukiyo-e Japanese Woodblock Prints
A brief overview of ukiyo-e.

How to Use our website and browse our inventory

We have lots of antique Japanese woodblock prints in our inventory and we’ve been working hard to create ways for you, our valued visitor and customer, to find the prints that you’re looking for. Whether that is by budget, size/format, artist, topic… we’re working to give you the tools to help you build the collection of your dreams. Watch this video for insight into how to best use our website.