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Hara Shobo 原書房 Antiques / Jimbocho

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Hara Shobo has been in business for over 70 years, specializes in Ukiyo-e prints. Their collection ranges from affordable prints (approx. 10,000yen) to museum-quality pieces.

Categories Antiques , Japanese Goods
Nearest Station Jimbocho
Address 2-3 Kanda Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Telephone 03-5212-7801
Home Page http://www.harashobo.com (Available in English)
Business Hours 10am-6pm. Closed on Sun & Mon & Natioanal Holidays
  • Ukiyo-e 1

  • Ukiyo-e 2

  • Modern Prints

  • About us
  • In the cultural center of Tokyo, Hara Shobo has been in business for over 70 years, specializes in Ukiyo-e prints. Our collection ranges from affordable prints (approx. 10,000yen) to museum-quality pieces. With our broad knowledge and top-quality service, we are trusted by collectors and museum curators both in Japan and overseas.
    Besides visiting our gallery, you may browse our website or the catalogue. Purchase can be shipped to anywhere in the world.
    Please visit Hara Shobo to see beauty of colors and forms, and feel the essence of Edo culture.

  • HOKUSAI
  • From 36 views of Mt. Fuji, c.1831
  • 2,500,000 yen
  • HIROSHIGE
  • From 53 stations of the Tokaido
  • 850,000 yen

  • HIROSHIGE
  • Kanda Myojin Shrine, c.1835
  • 90,000 yen
  • HIROSHIGE
  • Nihon-bashi, from 100 views
    of Edo, 1857
  • 500,000 yen

  • HIROSHIGE II
  • Kintai Bridge, from 100 views
    of provinces, 1850
  • 700,000 yen
  • HIROSHIGE II
  • Sanno Shrine, from 36 views
    of Edo, 1862
  • 90,000 yen
  • SHIGEKIYO
  • Nakamise Street, Asakusa Shrine, triptych, 1859
  • 80,000yen
  • KIYOCHIKA
  • Shin-ohashi Bridge in rain, 1876
  • 250,000 yen
  • Fine replicas
  • Hand-printed from wood block, more at the gallery
  • from 3,000 yen
  • About Ukiyo-e
  • Ukiyo-e, or "Pictures of the floating world", is a genre of Japanese art. Japanese painting was dominated by court painters, such as Kano School, or Shijo School, depicting Chinese-style landscapes, figures, or birds-and-flower. In mid-17th century, town painters, who mainly draw book illustrations, start paintings of celebrated beauties, actors or town landscapes for wealthy people. These paintings reflect the ephemeral sensibility of the "floating world" (ukiyo) and are called ukiyo-e. HISHIKAWA MORONOBU (1618-94) is known as the founder.

    Mass-produced ukiyo-e are also made by woodcut, monochrome, or using a few colors. In 1765, SUZUKI HARUNOBU (1725-70) creates multi-colored wood block prints. It is called Nishiki-e, or “Brocade prints”. Ukiyo-e artists design numbers of prints, commissioned by publishers, while they draw paintings on demands by their wealthy patrons.

    Ukiyo-e prints are created by the division of craftsmanship. First, the artist designs the print by commission of the publisher. Then, the preparatory drawing is pasted onto the block and carved by an engraver. Finally, the image is printed onto paper by printer. The popular subjects of ukiyo-e prints are cerebrated beauties, actors, kabuki performances, legends, landscapes, or birds-and-flower. Depending on the wishes of the sponsor, newly-designed kimono, restaurants or goods are also drawn into the design. In this sense, ukiyo-e was not only as an artwork, but also worked as mass-media during the Edo period Japan.


  • KIYOMITSU
  • Actor Sakata Hangoro, c.1764
  • 380,000 yen

  • SHUN'EI
  • From the kabuki play
    "Chushingura", c.1781
  • 230,000 yen

  • UTAMARO
  • A beauty with a needle, c.1801
  • 1,300,000 yen
  • HOKUSAI
  • From 53 stations of the Tokaido, c.1824
  • 80,000 yen
  • KUNIYOSHI
  • From 108 heroes of Suikoden, c.1827
  • 500,000 yen

  • TOYOKUNI III
  • Mt. Fuji seen from Edo, 1854
  • 60,000 yen
  • TOYOKUNI III
  • Beauty and Lantern on a boat, 1858
  • 40,000 yen
  • TOYOKUNI III
  • Actor Nakamura Fukusuke, 1859
  • 70,000 yen

  • TOYOKUNI III
  • Actors before the waterfall, triptych, 1860
  • 150,000 yen
  • SADAHIDE
  • From "the Tale of Soga Brothers", triptych, 1864
  • 150,000 yen
  • KUNISADA II
  • Genji and Beauties on a terrace, triptych, 1865
  • 38,000 yen
  • YOSHITOSHI
  • From 32 aspects of daily life, 1888
  • 180,000 yen

  • GYOKUHA
  • Sumo match, triptych, 1899
  • 120,000 yen
  • SHUNTEI
  • Cherry blossom viewing, triptych 1898
  • 60,000 yen
  • Fine replicas
  • Hand-printed from wood block,
    more at the gallery
  • from 3,000 yen


  • KITANO TSUNETOMI
  • Beauty in snow,1890
  • 50,000 yen

  • OHARA KOSON
  • Rooster and hen, c. 1900
  • 40,000 yen
  • SAKAMAKI KOGYO
  • No play, diptych c.1921
  • 20,000 yen
  • KAWASE HASUI
  • Miyajima in snow, 1923
  • 650,000 yen

  • KAWASE HASUI
  • Monring at Imperial Palace, 1930
  • 120,000 yen
  • TAKAHASHI KOMEI
  • Mot. Fuji seen from Idei, c.1929
  • 180,000 yen
  • ITO SHINSUI
  • Fireworks, ed. 132/200, 1932
  • 400,000 yen

  • TORII KOTONDO
  • Snow, ed. 21/300, 1929
  • 400,000 yen
  • YOSHIDA HIROSHI
  • Toshogu Shrine, Nikko, 1937
  • 180,000 yen
  • Prints shown here are produced in/after Meiji Period. Traditional ukiyo-e prints slowly disappear and replaced by lithograph in 1900s. The ukiyo-e publisher Watanabe Shozaburo, grieving the loss of fine craftsmanship, collaborates with Western-style painter KAWASE HASUI (1883-1957) and creates Shin-hanga (New prints), as a new form of Japanese wood block prints. Like traditional ukiyo-e prints, shin-hanga is produced by division labor of artist, publisher, carver, and printer. Hasui's illustration of nostalgic landscapes of Japan by delicate, yet vivid use of colors, are acknowledged by world and became one of the most popular artists. Watanabe loses print blocks by the major earthquake of 1923. Therefore, pre-earthquake prints by Hasui are the most desirable prints among collectors.

    YOSHIDA HIROSHI (1876-1950) is also known as a modern print master. He illustrates landscapes, not only of Japan but also America, Europe, and other part of Asia. His prints are famous for delicate and complicated use of colors, which sometimes lay over thirty colors create oil-painting-like looking.

    We also handle prints by ITO SHINSUII, TORII KOTONDO and HASHIGUCHI GOYO, who are famous for delicate and charming beauties, and OHARA KOSON(SHOSON), known for detailed birds-and-flower prints, as well as many other artists, such as KASAMATSU SHIRO, ITO TAKASHI, TAKAHASHI SHOTEI, ODA KAZUMA, NATORI SHUNSEN, YAMAMURA KOKA(TOYONARI), etc.
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