Hokusai, Hiroshige, and Friends

Links To Japanese Art

Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849) was a Japanese master painter and woodblock printer who lived during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Best known for his famous print "The Great Wave Off Kanagawa" and his advancement of the previously under-appreciated ukiyo-e art form, Hokusai was greatly admired by painters in the late nineteenth century European Impressionist movement. Hokusai's surreal artistic approach has significantly influenced our culture's imagery, and has inspired artists nearly two hundred years. Next time you look at a Van Gogh painting, or watch a cartoon, you will see minute reflections of Hokusai's genius.


  • Check out Web Museum for more information about Hokusai.
  • See a picture of Hiroshige Ando, Hokusai's contemporary. This page includes links to other Hiroshige sites.
  • Learn about Gakutei Yashima and Utamaro Kitagawa, early ukiyo-e masters. The latter link features some of Utamaro's famous female portraits.
  • Images and text concerning ukiyo-e masters Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and Utagawa Kuniyoshi.
  • The Floating World of Cyberspace features one of the Net's best catalogues of Japanese ukiyo-e. Its sister page, Pictures of the Floating World, provides some historical information and dozens of excellent links. Both pages are maintained by Hans Olof Johansson from a server in Uppsala, Sweden.
  • For a more selective overview of ukiyo-e's most beautiful images (and some history, too); this Rochester, NY link is hard to beat.
  • Nagoya TV's ukiyo-e gallery.
  • Pertinent Japanese History, courtesy of the University of California at Berkeley.
  • Information on the evolution of manga and its relationship to ukiyo-e and contemporary art.
  • Information and images of ancient Kyoto, which experienced a golden age before the more carefree Edo Period (1601-1867), when ukiyo-e was born.
  • Can't we just all get along? Some interesting cultural commentary from across the Pacific.

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    Site created 6/14/96. Last update 8/8/96. Send e-mail to Mark Brouwer at ostmark25@earthlink.net.