ukiyo e woodblock print


Hiroshi Yoshida (吉田博) (1876–1950, Japan)


Hiroshi Yoshida was a 20th century Japanese painter and print-maker. He is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the shin-hanga style of ukiyo-e woodblock printing, and is noted especially for his excellent landscape prints. Yoshida travelled widely, and was particularly known for his images of non-Japanese subjects done in traditional Japanese woodblock style, including the Taj Mahal, the Swiss Alps, the Grand Canyon, and other National Parks in the United States.

“Takiyasha-hime at the ruined palace at Soma”, Yôshû Chikanobu (1838-1912)

In Japanese folklore, Takiyasha-hime (”demon princess of the waterfall”) is a witch and the daughter of Taira no Masakado (an historical character), a rebel who tried to overthrow the emperor. She lives in the deserted Soma palace where she plans her revenge through sorcery. However, a warrior named Oya Tarô Mitsukuni is sent to stop her. Here, she stands with a scroll in her hand, summoning monsters to repel her foes.


Utagawa Kuniyoshi. The Sixty-nine Post Stations of Kisokaidô Road. 1852.

“Tomita Nobutaka and his wife” (1885), Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

Tomita Nobutaka’s wife, Yuki no kata, is known for defending successfully Anotsu castle during the 1600 Sekigahara campaign. She and her husband were on the side of Tokugawa Ieyasu. It was common for women of the samurai class to be left in charge of the defending the castle if the lord was away.