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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.

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