Ukiyo-e Woodblock Printing Experience Course

Ukiyo-e prints are the results of teams of “an artist”, “a woodcarver” and “a printer”.
Printing with woodblocks is among the great charms of Ukiyo-e.
In this museum we offer you Ukiyo-e woodblock printing experience courses. By taking woodblocks in your hands and printing with them, you could learn more in-depth about Ukiyo-e and find the real charms of Ukiyo-e.

Ukiyo-e Woodblock Printing
Ukiyo-e Woodblock PrintingIn these courses you are going to try printing with 3 or 4 colors on high-quality handmade Japanese paper with the museum’s original carved woodblock (postcard size). Even as a beginner your print differs from others according to how you paint and how you rub and press the paper with the disk called “baren”. Get to know the importance of “printing” in Ukiyo-e production.

You can take the print with you.


Beginner Course

3-color printing for the first timer.
Use the picture of “Kagekiyo and Benkei”, one of the most popular scenes in Kabuki plays. Kabuki actors’ red “kumadori” makeup is supporsed to show the magic power against evil. Try to express the strong power of eyes by paiting red kumadori makeup.


Fee 800 yen
Duration 10 minutes per person
Intermediate Course

4 color printing on the woodblock with only lines.
Use the picture of Hozen-ji street and a pretty young down-town girl. Try to carefully paint the fine stone pavement and Japanese clothes.


Fee 1,200 yen
Duration 10-15 minutes per person
Advanced Course

4 color printing requiring challenging techniques.
Use the picture of Hozen-ji stone pavement and the Kabuki maneki neko(a cat) which is on the outside wall of this museum. Try to make the picture three-dimentional by gradiating the pavement and painting the cat twice.


Fee 1,500 yen
Duration 15 to 20 minutes per person

Bookings must be made 3 days prior to the course. (Arrival priority)
There is also a 700 yen admission fee to enter the museum.

Please make a reservation for 2 or more people.

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