Kuniyoshi Project

An educational website devoted to the ukiyo-e artist, Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861)


This site is a catalogue raisonné of the signed artwork of Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川 国芳).  It contains over 5,000 images, counting multi-sheet compositions as single images.  An undertaking such as this can never be considered complete, and contributions of images and information to KuniyoshiProject@earthlink.net are always welcomed. 


Please follow these links to view Kuniyoshi’s art with descriptions:

Individual prints of warriors and historical figures Information added 10/14/17

Warrior triptychs and diptychs T233 added 10/17/17

Acrobats, top spinners, and magicians Images added 10/19/17

Actor prints Image added 10/19/17

Animal and plant prints


Chûshingura prints (Forty-seven rônin) Image added 10/16/17

Comic and miscellaneous prints Image added 10/14/17

Fan prints Images added 9/28/17


Ken (game played with the hands)

Komochi-e (trick pictures)


Paintings Handscroll added 10/7/17

Paragons of filial piety

Polyptychs of four or more sheets Polyptych added 10/11/17

Prince Genji Triptych added 10/9/17

Religious prints

Shini-e (memorial prints)

Shunga (erotic art) Series added 10/7/17

Sumô wrestler prints


Women Triptych added 10/9/17


Additional features and links:

Alphabetical list of Kuniyoshi’s print series

Alphabetical list of Kuniyoshi’s warrior triptychs and diptychs

Bibliography on Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Biography of Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Index of characters portrayed in Kuniyoshi’s warrior prints

Glossary of ukiyo-e terms

Guide to the ukiyo-e sites on the internet (Hans Olof Johansson’s website)

Kabuki actors’ names in English and Japanese

Kuniyoshi’s signatures

Kuniyoshi’s warrior triptychs and diptychs arranged by publishers

Links to other sites on the internet with series of Kuniyoshi’s prints

Supplement to Kuniyoshi: The Warrior Prints

Viewing Japanese Prints (John Fiorillo’s website)

Seals of Japanese print publishers

Kuniyoshi in ArtCyclopedia


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