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 welcome. 


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

Individual prints of warriors and historical figures Images added 9/7/21

Warrior triptychs and diptychs

Acrobats, top spinners, and magicians

Actor prints

Animal and plant prints

Children Image added 9/14/21

Chûshingura prints (Forty-seven rônin) Series added 8/27/21

Comic and miscellaneous prints

Fan prints


Ken (game played with the hands)

Komochi-e (trick pictures)



Paragons of filial piety

Polyptychs of four or more sheets

Prince Genji

Religious prints

Shini-e (memorial prints) Ichimura Takenojô V as Renseibô added 8/30/21

Shunga (erotic art)

Sumô wrestler prints Mutsugamine Iwanosuke in street attire added 9/21/21




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

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

Tips for the new collector of Japanese prints

Kuniyoshi in ArtCyclopedia


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