2021 Netherlands Report

Our director Elise Wessels was recently interviewed by the The Japan Times for the 2021 Netherlands Report. She discussed what we have planned for this year and the future of our collection:

“What message do you have for our readers on the future of the museum?

The core of the collection will be donated to the Rijksmuseum by the end of 2022. The selection of prints consists of major works from the early 20th century. This gift is to ensure these valuable works will have their forever home in a world-renowned museum, available to anyone with an interest in modern Japanese prints. The prints will be an extension of their current collection of Japanese prints, pulling it into the 20th century. However, Nihon no hanga is planning to continue the work we have done for the past eleven years. The collection is still growing and there are many more exhibitions we wish to share with the public in the coming years.”

Read the full article here:

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We are open from 11 June – 4 July

Good news! We are able to open our brand-new exhibition: Memories of Shōwa: Impressions of Working Life by Wada Sanzō!

Tickets will be limited and only sold online through our website and Eventbrite page. Get your tickets now!

Opening times

From Friday 11 June until Sunday 4 July 2021

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: 12.00 hrs – 17.00 hrs

Tickets are only sold online through Eventbrite.

Tickets will be available in time slots of 10 minutes between 12.00 hrs and 16.30 hrs. You will have 45-50 minutes to visit the exhibition. The museum will close at 17.00 hrs.

Ticket price

Main ticket: € 15.00
(valid for 1 person for one time slot, includes Memories of Shōwa catalogue, RRP €12.50 )


Extra ticket: € 2.50
(for 1 person from the same household as the main ticket holder)

Catalogue: € 12.50
You will be able to order extra catalogues when you purchase your ticket. By pre-ordering your catalogue, we limit contact and improve the flow of visitors at our entrance.

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Coming soon: Memories of Shōwa

Even if we do not know when we will be able to open up to the public, we have been working hard on our next exhibition: Memories of Shōwa: Impressions of Working Life by Wada Sanzō. This exhibition consists of the impressive series ‘Japanese vocations of the Shōwa era in pictures’ by Wada Sanzō (1883-1967) and will feature all three volumes. These prints offer nostalgic and modern images of everyday life in Japan during the late 1930s through to the early 1950s. Together with Wada’s written observations, this exhibition provides a deeply personal account of the continuously changing professions during this complex era of modern Japanese history.

Keep an eye on our website and socials for any updates regarding our future opening times. Unfortunately we are unable to give any dates at this moment, but we hope to welcome you to Nihon no hanga very soon!


We know will have to implement a reservation and ticketing system through Eventbrite to ensure a safe visit for you and our staff. Please see our Tickets page for more detailed information on what to expect when we are able to open our doors again.

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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.


Happy Holidays!

Katshira Tokushi 勝平得之 (1904-1971)
New Year’s decorations (mayudama) (まゆだま)
Series: Ten scenes of Akita customs (second series) (秋田風俗十題)
Date: 1941
Signature: Tokushi; Tokushi Katsuhira
Publisher: Self-published

Nihon no hanga would like to wish you and your loved ones a happy and prosperous 2021!

2020 has been a trying year for all of us. Both our May and November exhibitions have been cancelled due to the ongoing covid-19 crisis, but we have high hopes for next year with some exciting exhibitions and other projects outside our museum.

If you like sneak peeks of our collection, be sure to follow us on social media!

Warm wishes,

Elise Wessels

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November exhibition postponed

After being unable to open our museum in May this year, we had hoped to open Nihon no hanga to the public this November with a snow-themed exhibition. After careful consideration we have come to the conclusion to not open the museum this November. We feel a responsibility towards our visitors and volunteers to guarantee a safe visit to our museum. Unfortunately we find ourselves in a difficult position with the current developments surrounding COVID-19. We therefore have decided to postpone our ‘Snow Country’ exhibition to November 2021.

Even though we will not be able to meet you in person, we hope to see you through our other channels. We have been more active on Instagram and Facebook, where we will share a number of prints from the Nihon no hanga collection on a regular basis. We are also still working on a digital museum environment where you will be able to view exhibitions from the past. 

We hope to welcome you to Nihon no hanga in Spring 2021 with a fresh exhibition.

Until then, stay safe.

Best wishes,

Elise Wessels

Maureen de Vries


New look

Our new website is up and running! Do you like our new look? We have added a new gallery of our collection with an exciting selection. We hope to expand the versatility of our website with this new format, especially during these trying times when everyone can use a daily dose of Japanese woodblock prints. Follow us on social media for a steady flow of works from our collection.

Unfortunately we will not be able to open the museum until further notice. Nihon no hanga is located in an old canal house. All museums need to adhere to a detailed and strict museum protocol, which is impossible for us to follow. Our priority is the health safety of our visitors and volunteers.

We do hope to open our doors this coming November and as always we will keep you posted of any new developments.

outside NNH

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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May exhibition cancelled

Unfortunately due to developments surrounding the coronavirus, we have decided to cancel our upcoming exhibition in May. We hope to reschedule our exhibition to a later date. Through our newsletter we will inform you of new activities.


100 days of Kishio

Koizumi Kishio (1893-1945)
1. Eitai Bridge and Kiyosu Bridge, from the series One hundred pictures of Great Tokyo in the Shōwa era
1928, October (Shōwa 3, 10th month)
“City Hall was very proud of the rapid construction of bridges that form the base of the recovery. (Shōwa 3, 9th month)”.

As we are facing difficult times, we want to share something from our museum with you, every day. For the next 100 days we will post a print on our Facebook and Instagram from Koizumi Kishio’s series ‘One hundred pictures of Great Tokyo in the Shōwa era. From the first print in October 1928 to the hundredth design of December 1937, Kishio worked diligently on what he called his ‘life’s work’. The complete set can be found in our collection.


Descriptions of all one hundred prints have been limited to the original commentaries by Koizumi Kishio. Every comment includes a date for the print, but these are sometimes different from the one on the actual print. Underneath the title the date is included as shown on the design, and if it differs from the commentary date both Japanese dates are given.