Glossary

J Noel Chiappa has produced a very useful glossary.


Print Sizes and Types

ōban

about 15" x 10" (38cm x 25cm)

ō-ōban

large ōban, about 23" x 12" (58cm x 32cm)

chūban

half an ōban, by division along its short axis; about 10" x 7" (25cm x 19cm)

aiban

roughly halfway between chūban and ōban; about 13" x 9" (34cm x 23cm)

koban

half an aiban, by division along its short axis; about 9" x 7" (23cm x 17cm)

sanchōgake

about 9" x 4½" (23cm x 12cm)

chū-tanzaku

half an ōban, by division along its long axis; about 15" x 5" (38cm x 13cm)

ō-tanzaku

two-thirds of an ōban, by division along its long axis; about 15" x 7" (38cm x 18cm)

ai-tanzaku

half an aiban, by division along its long axis; about 13" x 4" (34cm x 11cm)

ko-tanzaku

one third of an aiban, by division along its long axis; about 13" x 3" (34cm x 8cm)

yotsugiri

half a chūban, by division along its short axis; about 7" x 5" (19cm x 13cm)

 

 

yokoye

horizontal/landscape orientation

tateye

vertical/portrait orientation

aizuri-e

blue printing (more at J Noel Chiappa)

 

 

References:

Memorial Catalogue, Strange, J Noel Chiappa
 


Finding Japanese Prints on the Internet

The database of John Resig's Japanese Woodblock Print Search contains over 200,000 prints. His site also has an almost exhaustive list of links to other sources of prints.


Japanese Woodblock Prints on Other Websites

The Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III) Project
The Kuniyoshi Project
Catalogue Raisonné of the Work of Utagawa Hiroshige II
Catalogue Raisonné of the Work of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
Chikanobu

J Noel Chiappa's website contains some excellent material on Hiroshige and Japanese woodblock printing in general.
Encyclopedia of Woodblock Printmaking
Tokaido hitoritabi (Japanese) A modern day walk along the route of the Tokaido highway. The site features Hiroshige's Tokaido print (Hoeido edition) of each station and photographs of the places as they are now.
@Cascadesssss has produced an interactive google map that shows the location of prints from a number of series by Hiroshige and Hokusai.


Contact

I can be contacted at john_at_hiroshige.org.uk. Obviously replace _at_ with the obvious.

I have no Japanese, I don't work in the art business and I don't have any specialist art history training but I do try to make sure that all the information on the website comes from reputable, published sources.