Nihon no hanga

The prints preserved in this private museum have been collected over a period of 30 years.
At the moment, the collection includes nearly 2000 Japanese prints of which 90% dates from the early 20th century. Nihon no hanga has as its goal to provide a comprehensive overview of the developments in 20th century Japanese print production, with an emphasis on the pre-war period. 

Nihon no hanga literally means ‘Japanese prints’.
The term hanga, or ‘printed image’, was primarily
used by Japanese woodblock print artists in the
early 20th century.

The collection and library is available to scholars and students for research. All prints are documented in a database which can be consulted at the museum upon request. Part of our illustrated books collection (a.o. the complete set of Ladies’ Graphic) can now be consulted through an online database. Please contact the Curator via e-mail for more information. Nihon no hanga seeks cooperation with other institutions to further the cause of a proper understanding and appreciation of 20th century Japanese graphic art.

The activities of Nihon no hanga come under the Für Elise Foundation, an ANBI Stichting (Public Benefit Organisation), registered in the Netherlands.


Elise Wessels✝


Maureen de Vries (email)

Advisory Board

Annabelle Birnie
Sjraar van Heugten
Koji Miura
Kris Schiermeier

Board of Directors

Elise Wessels, chairperson
Menno Fitski, member
Jaco Geerlof, member
Willem van Gogh, member
Cees Wessels, member