10 Stunning Woodblock Prints from Japan

You can almost smell the sweet cherry blossoms and taste the salty sea air when you look at the work of legendary 19th-century artist, Hiroshige. At a time when traveling long distances was arduous, if not impossible, Hiroshige’s woodblock prints of Japanese landscapes, festivals and monuments let people experience the wonders of their country without leaving their hometowns. You can do the same today with these 10 gorgeous selections from the Library of Congress’ Prints and Photographs Division. Explore more of the LOC’s phenomenal collection containing more than 2,500 pieces of art by Japanese artists from the seventeenth through early twentieth centuries here.

 

Mount Fuji, Japanese Woodblock - Photo by: flickr/The Library of Congress

A view of Mount Fuji behind maple trees in Tokyo, 1858

Massaki of Suijin Shrine, Japanese Woodblock, Photo by: flickr/The Library of Congress

View from Massaki of Suijin Shrine, Uchigawa Inlet and Sekiya, 1857

Mishima Station, Japanese Woodblock, Photo by: flickr/The Library of Congress

Travelers and residents at the shrine and inns at Mishima station, 1855

Otsuki Fields, Japanese Woodblock, Photo by: flickr/The Library of Congress

Otsuki fields in Kai Province, 1858

Horikiri iris garden, Japanese Woodblock, Photo by: flickr/The Library of Congress

Horikiri iris garden, 1857

Tokyou Tanabata festival, Japanese Woodblock, Photo by: flickr/The Library of Congress

Tokyo during the Tanabata festival, 1857

Satta in Suruga Province, Japanese Woodblock, Photo by: flickr/The Library of Congress

The sea at Satta in Suruga Province with Mount Fuji in the background, 1858

Hasedera in Yamato Province, Japanese Woodblock, Photo by: flickr/The Library of Congress

Hasedera in Yamato Province, 1859

Suido Bridge, Japanese Woodblock, Photo by: flickr/The Library of Congress

Fish in front of Suido Bridge and Surugadai, 1857

Meguro drum bridge, Japanese Woodblock, Photo by: flickr/The Library of Congress

Meguro drum bridge and sunset hill, 1857


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