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Contemporary Ukiyo-e Created
Using Traditional Woodcut Print Techniques

- From Japan to the World -

The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints carries on the tradition of Japan's woodcut print techniques
which gave birth to ukiyo-e in the 17th century.
We offer the world contemporary ukiyo-e created in collaboration with today's finest artists.

NEWS

James Jean’s new print “Parasola” is just completed!
Sale starts on December 17th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. (Japan time)

The world is the stage for James Jean, an artist who collaborated with the luxury fashion house Prada and created the poster for the much-talked-about 2018 Academy Award winner The Shape of Water. In April ,2018, he worked closely with the carvers and printers at the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints for his second contemporary ukiyo-e woodcut print, "Dolly Varden." Now, his third ukiyo-e "Parasola" has been completed.

The new print, “Parasola” is available for sale from December 17th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.(Japan time) and starts to be shipped from the mid January, 2019. It is also exhibited at Adachi’s showroom. Please come to see the collaborative work of James Jean and Adachi Woodcut Prints!

December 04, 2018

Contemporary Ukiyo-e Artist,Yu Miyazaki

The Adachi Foundation has sponsored the Adachi Contemporary Ukiyo-e Award every year from 2009 in the aim of exploring Ukiyo-e artists who will produce works in collaboration with contemporary carvers and printers. This spring, the grand prize was awarded to Yu Miyazaki, whose contemporary Ukiyo-e is now ready to be unveiled. This is a contemporary Ukiyo-e bijin-ga (portrait of a beautiful woman) produced by carvers and printers at the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints based on an original artwork Ms. Miyazaki created especially for the woodcut print.

The work is scheduled to be sold from October 18 and shipped from the end of October. Customers are welcome to come see the actual work, which will be displayed at the Adachi Showroom.

October 18, 2018

Artist x Adachi Institute

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Contemporary Ukiyo-e Artist,Yu Miyazaki

The Adachi Foundation has sponsored the Adachi Contemporary Ukiyo-e Award every year from 2009 in the aim of exploring Ukiyo-e artists who will produce works in collaboration with contemporary carvers and printers. This spring, the grand prize was awarded to Yu Miyazaki, whose contemporary Ukiyo-e is now ready to be unveiled. This is a contemporary Ukiyo-e bijin-ga (portrait of a beautiful woman) produced by carvers and printers at the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints based on an original artwork Ms. Miyazaki created especially for the woodcut print.

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© James Jean

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James Jean, the international artist who collaborated with Prada and Hollywood, now takes on the world of ukiyo-e

The world is the stage for James Jean, an artist who collaborated with the luxury fashion house Prada and created the poster for the much-talked-about 2018 Academy Award winner The Shape of Water. In 2014, he worked closely with the carvers and printers at the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints for his first contemporary ukiyo-e woodcut print, "Pomegranate." Now, his second ukiyo-e "Dolly Varden" has been completed.

The female figure that has been depicted through James Jean's trademark style of smooth, graceful lines is a Muse, the source of his creative inspirations. The Muse of the contemporary artist has been brought to life as a one-of-a-kind woodcut print by contemporary carvers and printers. It is the long-awaited new creation by James Jean that thoroughly demonstrates the attraction of this artist's work.

This piece is also being shown in the exhibition "AZIMUTH" held at Takashi Murakami's Kaikai Kiki Gallery (from April 6 to May 3, 2018).

James Jean

Dolly Varden

James Jean

Parasola

photo by Yohei Sogabe

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Artist Akira Yamaguchi takes the point of view of an "outsider" to create a "meisho-e" or ukiyo-e landscape of the famous Dogo Onsen, known as the setting for the novel "Botchan."100 Famous View of Dogo – Isaniwa Shrine

The meisho-e "100 Famous View of Dogo – Isaniwa Shrine" created by the popular contemporary artist Akira Yamaguchi for "Dogo Art 2016," an event presently taking place in Dogo Onsen hot spring, has now been completed as a contemporary ukiyo-e. It is a much-awaited new work to follow the previous contemporary ukiyo-e "The New Famous Views of the Eastern Capital (Toto Meisho) Series" created in two collaboration projects with the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints.

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Photo: Mallikarjun Katakol

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India and Japan – A True Cultural Exchange
N. S. Harsha, an Artist from South India, Undertakes an Ukiyo-e Project for the First Time!

Born in South India, the artist N. S. Harsha is currently active around the world. To mark his first exhibition in Japan entitled “N. S. Harsha: Charming Journey” (Mori Art Museum, February 4, 2017 – June 11, 2017), he took on the role of an ukiyo-e artist and worked with carvers and printers at the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints to create modern works of ukiyo-e.N. S. Harsha is known for his unique use of color, which is filled with a sense of clarity and transparency. The original woodcut prints are a brilliant fusion of Mr. Harsha's original style and the distinct feel of woodcut prints that is born from traditional Japanese handcrafted paper and watercolors. We are pleased to introduce the collaborative works of Mr. Harsha, who reflects on traditional Indian culture to establish his own unique form of artistic expression, and the Adachi Institute, which strives to keep alive the traditional woodcut printing techniques of Japan.

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Photo=Seiya Kawamoto

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Yasunari Ikenaga, the contemporary artist and creator of bijin-ga portraits of beautiful women, completes his first magnificent work in ukiyo-e!

Yasunari Ikenaga is an artist known for his portraits of enchanting modern beauties captured through delicate lines and a unique use of color. Now, Mr. Ikenaga has taken on the role of the modern ukiyo-e artist to create his first bijin-ga or picture of a beautiful woman in collaboration with carvers and printers at the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints, who have kept ukiyo-e production techniques alive in the present day.
This is an original woodcut print created by Mr. Ikenaga who depicts the opulent elegance of the woman making full use of the smooth lines characteristic of woodcut prints and the soft textures of washi Japanese paper.

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© YAYOI KUSAMA

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Inspired by Yayoi Kusama's My Mt. Fuji
Collaboration between Avant-garde and Tradition

Yayoi Kusama is one of the world's leading avant-garde painters today. Easily identifiable with their colourful polka dot patterns, her artworks have a unique, unforgettable charm. Ms. Kusama teamed up with the Adachi Institute's carvers and printers to create her first-ever ukiyo-e, traditional Japanese woodcut prints that continue to be highly acclaimed around the world today. This collaboration was covered in "The Premium: Yayoi Kusama's Mt. Fuji — Challenging Ukiyo-e," a program aired on NHK BS Premium on New Year's Day 2015. The response from all sectors was overwhelming.

Ms. Kusama is in the limelight internationally for her artworks that consistently exceed the imagination. By collaborating with her, the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints was able to identify possibilities for fresh, new artistic expressions amid tradition, a key for passing down traditional woodcut print techniques to future generations.As the results of this collaboration between avant-garde and tradition, Ms. Kusama's contemporary ukiyo-e are exhibited here for the first time.

Yayoi Kusama

Mt. Fuji of my heart speaks

Yayoi Kusama

Mt. Fuji is the home of my heart

Yayoi Kusama

わが心の富士1

Yayoi Kusama

Mt. Fuji in Seven Colours

Yayoi Kusama

Mt. Fuji in Seven Colours

Project x Adachi Institute

Project

World-Leading Artistic Creators Interpret Ukiyo-e
TOKYO DESIGN WEEK in Milano Salone 2015
“Homage to UKIYOE”

The “Homage to Ukiyoe” project, first exhibited during the Tokyo Design Week in Milano Salone 2015, enabled six of the world’s most renowned contemporary artists and designers to become ukiyo-e (traditional Japanese woodcut print) artists. Collaborating with the carvers and printers of the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints, and guided by the “Homage to Ukiyoe” theme, these currently active creators produced contemporary ukiyo-e expressing their own individual interpretations of the woodcut prints of Japan's Edo period (1603–1867) that influenced Van Gogh and Monet.

TOKYO DESIGN WEEK in Milano Salone 2015

James Jean

Pomegranate

TOKYO DESIGN WEEK in Milano Salone 2015

Alex Puvilland

Avant Garde

TOKYO DESIGN WEEK in Milano Salone 2015

Alan Chan

The Great Teacher

TOKYO DESIGN WEEK in Milano Salone 2015

Ross Lovegrove

WATERWORLD

TOKYO DESIGN WEEK in Milano Salone 2015

Dan Schlesinger

Hedwig's World

TOKYO DESIGN WEEK in Milano Salone 2015

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Finding Space

Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints
Pursuing New Artistic Expressions amid Tradition

The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints has worked to pass down the traditional Japanese woodcut print techniques from generation to generation. In addition to producing traditional prints, Adachi Institute works together with contemporary artists to create new, original, artwork using the woodcut print medium.

Ukiyo-e: The Pride of Japan
Offering the Heart of Ukiyo-e to People Today

Ukiyo-e have influenced Impressionist painters and many other kinds of artists since the second half of the 19th century, and they continue to be highly acclaimed around the world today. Ukiyo-e captivate viewers with the unique delicacy of their lines, the brightness of their colours, and their thoroughgoing minimalism that emerged through ukiyo-e's origins in commercial printing. This beauty is further heightened by the unique warmth imparted by Japan's distinctive materials: cherrywood woodblocks, water-based pigments, and handmade washi (Japanese paper). The Adachi Institute aims to produce contemporary ukiyo-e, original woodcut prints that fully incorporate the woodcut print techniques developed for ukiyo-e centuries ago.

Creating the Finest Woodcut Prints
A Group of Artisans

Since the time of its founding, the Adachi Institute has engaged in woodcut print production. To create the finest prints, we structured Adachi as a studio where the best carvers and printers work side by side. To preserve and pass down traditional woodcut print techniques—the pride of Japan to the world—the Adachi Institute established the Adachi Foundation for the Preservation of Woodcut Printing in 1994. Under this foundation, apprentices join in our production activities and receive training. Young artisans who will spearhead the future learn techniques and seek to further improve them by working with master artisans every day.

Experience the Captivating Beauty of Contemporary Ukiyo-e at Our Showroom

The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints

Address
3-13-17 Shimoochiai, Shinjuku, Tokyo 161-0033
TEL
+81-3-3951-2681
Access
<By Train> JR Yamanote line
About 10-mins. walk from Mejiro Station
<By Bus> Toei Bus (No.65)
About 5-mins. walk from Shimoochiai 3-chome Busstop
Hours
10:00-18:00 (Weekdays)
10:00-17:00 (Saturdays and Sundays)
Closed
Mondays,National Holidays and Year-end Holidays