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Ukiyo-e, wood block printing workshop; Create your own “Plum Park in Kameido”

oktober 31 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

The workshop of Ukiyoe on 31st has reached to the maximum number of participants, we can’t accept more people…. thank you for big interest!

Kyoto Craft Session Amsterdam presents;

Ukiyo-e, wood block printing workshop;
Create your own “Plum Park in Kameido”

31st October(Sat) 2015. 9:30 – 15:00

The workshop offers you an opportunity to experience the full process of traditional Ukiyo-e by a printing expert from Kyoto!


Ukiyo-e is a genre in Japanese pictorial art, which was developed in the Edo period(17-19th century). Ukiyo-e is characterized by depicting and representing the ordinary people’s customs, fashion and daily lives, popular actors and famous travel destinations. In the late 18th to early 19th century, the multicolored woodblock print technique was developed and affordable Ukiyo-e prints were produced. This made Ukiyo-e very popular among ordinary people.


In the late 19th century, Ukiyo-e prints and craftworks were exhibited in the world fairs which took place in all over Europe. They had a significant impact and “Japan” became a huge trend in Europe.

Ukiyo-e caught the attention of many artists, for there had been no such images amidst European religious paintings and portraits of nobles. The colorful, bold compositions had great impact as a new means of representation.

The workshop offers you an opportunity to experience the full process of traditional Ukiyo-e production with a guidance of a printing expert.

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Left; Flowering Plum Tree by van Goch ,   Right; Plum Park in Kameido by Utagawa

Vincent van Gogh, a Post-Impressionist Dutch painter, loved Ukiyo-e and reproduced many of these prints throughout his life. One of them is Japonaiserie: Flowering Plum Tree. The ukiyo-e print it was based on is Plum Park in Kameido, one of the One Hundred Famous Views of Edo by Utagawa Hiroshige.

In this workshop, based on guidance from a woodblock print craftsman, you will reproduce “Plum Park in Kameido” like van Gogh. The flowers and trees that you have drawn will be split into two woodblocks that will then be carved and printed to make your own woodblock prints.

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Thinking of those 19th century artists who loved ukiyo-e, create your very own “Plum Park in Kameido” with a free mind.

The workshop leader, Akane Mori, is a printing expert from a longstanding Kyoto woodblock printing workshop Takezasa-do that has been producing prints for traditional Japanese restaurants, temples, etc., for over 140 years. Participants can learn the whole process of woodblock printing from a printing expert.


Agenda of the workshop:

Design: Freely design the tree and the flower woodblocks based on Plum Park in Kameido.
Transfer: Transfer the design to the woodblocks using tracing paper.
Carving: Carve both the tree woodblock and the flower woodblocks.

Finish carving
Printing: Paper with a pre-printed background (a red and green gradation) will be handed out.
The craftsman will demonstrate printing the woodblock print background.
Participants will print the tree woodblock and the flower woodblock.

You can take the carved woodblocks you made home with you.

Date & time: 31st October(Sat) 2015. 9:30-15:00
Locatie: ‘t Japans Cultureel Centrum 2de verdieping (Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 177-2, Amsterdam)
Workshop fee: 90 Euro
Minimum number of participants:  4 persons
Maximum number of participants: 6 persons
Request & Sign up  : Applying for the workshop from HERE!

*When you apply, please make sure to choose the date(25th/Sun or 31st/Sat) you want to attend.

Cancellation fee after the payment
Within 1 week: 50% of the entrance fee
Within 3 days: 100% of the entrance fee



oktober 31
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Evenement Categorie:


Japan Cultural Exchange


‘t Japans Cultureel Centrum
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 177-1
Amsterdam, 1012 RK Netherlands
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1012 RK