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Living Colour: 
Contemporary Prints by Fukami Gashū

from Friday 4 November

With significant changes to our collection this year due to the gift to the Rijksmuseum, we take this opportunity to shift our focus to a vibrant and modern display of woodblock prints. Living Colour will show contemporary works of Fukami Gashū (born 1953), with over seventy prints and preliminary studies produced over the past forty years.

After discovering well known sōsaku hanga artists such as Asano Takeji and Azechi Umetarō, Fukami Gashū started his journey in woodblock printmaking. His distinctive style is formed by the use of bold colours and playful compositions. Drawing inspiration from his immediate surroundings, the prints feature numerous animals, insects and a surprising variety of cats.

Guided tour (in Dutch)

€15 p.p. | FRIDAY 4 + 11 + 18 + 25 NOVEMBER

This november our curator will give a guided tour (in Dutch) of our latest exhibition Living Colour. For more information see:

New merch!

We have some great gifts fo the upcoming holidays. Check them our at our museum this November!

Living Colour postcards
€5 | 7 designs

Seven designs from our latest exhibition are available for purchase as a set.

desk calendar

The size of this desk calendar fits perfectly on any desk (9,5 x 20 cm).

We have also added our open days for the months of May and November in 2023.

birthday calendar

Enjoy our prints all year round with this birthday calender (20 x 20 cm), featuring a selection from our current collection!


€10 | available from Friday 4 November

The Living Colour catalogue contains information about the artist and a chronological overview of all the works featured in the exhibition.

Blackening the eyebrows, 1928

Gift to the Rijksmuseum


Elise Wessels has gifted, through the Für Elise Foundation, a substantial part of her collection to the Rijksmuseum, comprising more than 1,100 Japanese prints. The Nihon no hanga collection is one of the most important collections of 20th century Japanese prints in the world. Thanks to the gifting, the Rijksmuseum will be able to offer for the first time a representative overview of Japanese work on paper from the 17th to the 20th century.


Elise Wessels

More than 60 of the donated prints will be on display in the Rijksmuseum’s Asian Pavilion from 12 October 2022 to 16 April 2023. The selected works trace the origins and development of shin-hanga and sōsaku-hanga, and reflect the diversity of the gifted collection. The exhibition will include a number of Elise Wessels’ personal favourites, including Diving (1932) and Portrait of Hagiwara Sakutarō (1949) by Onchi Kōshirō, and Pencilling Her Eyebrows by Itō Shinsui (1928). The catalogue Japan Modern from 2016 is being reissued to mark the occasion.

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Sōsaku hanga in Leiden

Creative prints in Japan Museum SieboldHuis

View the exhibition online!

The exhibition ‘Sōsaku hanga’ with prints from our collection in Japan Museum SieboldHuis can now be viewed online. With more than 150 works from the sōsaku hanga momevement on display, it shows the development of ‘creative prints’ in Japan. For the first time in Europe, an entire exhibition is dedicated to this movement, where the creative autonomy of Japanese print artists was most important.

Free digital guided tour (in Dutch): Sōsaku hanga – Part I

Tuesday 8 March

Our curator and guest curator of the exhibition, Maureen de Vries, will give a free online guided tour (in Dutch) of ‘Sōsaku hanga’ on Tuesday 8 March. Maureen will talk about the extraordinary prints in the exhibition and the birth of the creative print movement in Japan. Questions can be asked after the tour in the chat. In april a second part of this guided tour will be available.

Activitity: Guided tour: Sōsaku hanga. Creative Prints from Japan – Part 1
By Maureen de Vries
Language: Dutch
Date: Tuesday 8 March 2022, 14.00 – 14.45 hrs
Location: Online
Price: Free

Catalogue ‘Sōsaku hanga’

Available now

For this exhibition, a bilingual (Dutch and English) catalogue on this remarkable art movement was published by Japan Museum SieboldHuis. It includes more than 140 prints from the our collection, and even more prints are on display. The catalogue is now on sale at the museum for only € 29,50 and is available through online booksellers.

Title: Sōsaku hanga
Author : Maureen de Vries
Publisher: Japanmuseum SieboldHuis
ISBN : 9789082711196
Language : Dutch, English
Paperback: 120 pp
Publication date: December 2021
Weight: 450 gr.
Measurements: 215 x 140 x 27 mm
Price: € 29,50

‘Beautiful’ May exhibition

From 6 May: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May

While we will not share the exact title and theme of our upcoming Spring exhibition, we can announce we will be open again in our canal house on the Keizersgracht this May, with a ‘beautiful’ new exhibition!
We will be open from 6 May, on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, between 12.00-17.00 hrs. More information will follow soon!

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Happy ‘Hanga’ Holidays

The past year we have welcomed many new visitors to Nihon no hanga. We wish everyone happy holidays and a prosperous 2022!

We hope to see you next year in our museum with again some exciting new exhibitions! Until we can welcome you again, prints from our collection will be on display in both Japan Museum SieboldHuis and the Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst Köln.

Sōsaku hanga in Japan Museum SieboldHuis

Exhibition update ‼️ Unfortunately due to new measurements Japan Museum SieboldHuis is closed until 14 January 2022. We hope ‘Sōsaku hanga’ will reopen for the public soon.

From 17 December 2021 to 13 March 2022 over 140 works of the sōsaku hanga movement will be on display in Japan Museum SieboldHuis (Leiden, the Netherlands) showcasing the creative autonomy of the Japanese print artists. ‘Sōsaku hanga’ is a must see exhibition for lovers of traditional Japanese prints and connoisseurs of modern art.

Traditional Japanese woodblock prints were a product of a collaboration between publisher, wood block carver and printer. After 1900 a new generation of print artists emerged. In their sōsaku hanga (creative prints) movement, freedom, expression of self, and the individual style of the artist play a central role. These prints have remarkable designs, formats and lines that reflect the changing Japanese society in which social and cultural developments are brought to the foreground. However, more traditional Japanese themes such as landscapes and beauties are also a common subject. This catalogue shows in a selection of prints from the Nihon no hanga Collection by what means sōsaku hanga was brought into the realm of modern art, in Japan and abroad.

‘Sōsaku hanga’ presents a chronological overview of the development of the creative print art in 20th century Japan in over 160 works of the most important sōsaku hanga-artists. All works are from Nihon no hanga Collection.

A varied and informative activities programme will be offered. For more information on the exhibition, activities and admission see:

A richly illustrated catalogue by Nihon no hanga’s curator Maureen de Vries will accompany the exhibition. The bilingual (Dutch and English) catalogue on this remarkable art movement includes more than 140 prints from our collection, and even more prints are on display. The catalogue is now on sale at the SieboldHuis for only € 29,50 and will soon be available through online booksellers.

Title: Sōsaku hanga
Author : Maureen de Vries
Publisher: Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis
ISBN : 9789082711196
Language : Dutch, English
Paperback: 120 pp
Publication date: December 2021
Weight: 450 gr.
Measurements: 215 x 140 x 27 mm

Snow Country sold out!

Snow Country: Japanese Winter Landscapes was our most succesful exhibition to date and during our open days the 800 copies of the catalogue completely sold out! We are currently waiting on a reprint, so it will be available again soon. If you ordered a copy, you will receive an e-mail early 2022 about your order.

Due to the popularity of the catalogue and the exhibition, we will ask if people living in Amsterdam can pick-up their copy on a designated pick-up day. You will receive more information on this if you have placed an order.

We hope to open the museum early 2022 to offer those who have missed Snow Country a chance to see it. More on this soon!

Yoshitoshi in Cologne

The exhibition ‘One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: Japanese Woodblock Prints by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi’ is on view until 9 January 2022 in the Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst Köln. The hundred prints by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) are from our collection and have been loaned to the museum.

Yoshitoshi was the last great woodblock print master of the Ukiyo-e tradition, and 100 Aspects of the Moon is regarded as his greatest achievement. The series brings to life the history and mythology of ancient Japan. In all 100 prints the moon figures prominently. Sometimes clearly visible in the design and sometimes referred to in the beautiful poems in the text cartouche.

Follow us!

All you new hanga-lovers, be sure to follow us on the socials: Instagram and Facebook! We regularly post other prints from our collection.

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Projects in 2021

Ishikawa Toraji 石川寅治 (1875-1964)
Blue Parrot (ブリュウインコ)
Series: Ten types of female nudes (裸女十種)
Date: 1934
Signature: Ishikawa, with Tora seal
Publisher: Ryokūsō Gashitsu (Ishikawa Toraji)
Ashmolean Museum Oxford

Open July – December 2021

This major exhibition will explore Japan’s capital city through the varied and vibrant arts it has generated over 400 years, from its beginnings as the headquarters of the Tokugawa shoguns in the early 1600s to the sprawling modern metropolis and dynamic centre of art, photography and design it is today.

Nihon no hanga will lend prints to the Ashmolean Museum for this exhibition and our curator has contributed an essay to the catalogue on moga (modern girls) in modern Japanese prints.

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 月岡芳年 (1839-1892)
Fujiwara Yasumasa plays the flute by moonlight
Date: 1883
Signature: Taiso Yoshitoshi sha
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Museum of East Asian Art Cologne


17 September 2021 – 9 January 2022

In september 2021, our complete series of ‘One hundred aspects of the moon’ by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839–1892) will be on display in the Museum of East Asian Art in Cologne. One of the highlights of the exhibition is the triptych called ‘Fujiwara Yasumasa plays the flute by moonlight’ (depicted above) which is considered to be Yoshitoshi’s ultimate masterpiece. The museum is publishing a new and updated catalogue of the series for this exhibition.

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Neko reopens

We will be closed for the time being, but you can still see some Japanese prints from our collection in Leiden. ‘NEKO. The Cat in Japanese art’ will reopen on Tuesday 2 June. The exhibition has been extended until 13 September.

Visitors are welcome to visit Japan Museum SieboldHuis with an online ticket with an entry time.

Get your tickets online:

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Nihon no hanga cats in Leiden

In January the exhibition Neko. The Cat in Japanese Art opened at Japan Museum SieboldHuis in Leiden. Our curator, Maureen de Vries, is the guest curator of this exhibition. You will find about forty kitties from our collection, some familiar but many have not been display in our museum. The exhibition is on display until 5 July 2020.