Woodblock Prints by Katsuyuki Nishijima

Snow at Hikone by Katsuyuki Nishijima

Snow at Hikone by Katsuyuki Nishijima

I won’t bore you with the snowy photos I took yesterday, since they look just like my shots from last week. Instead, I’ll share woodcuts by one of my favorite artists, Katsuyuki Nishijima, who was born in 1945 and is now based in Kyoto. He is a master of Ukiyoe, or the Japanese woodblock print.

February by Katsuyuki Nishijima

February by Katsuyuki Nishijima

Snow at Ohhara by Katsuyuki Nishijima

Snow at Ohhara by Katsuyuki Nishijima

Coldest Season by Katsuyuki Nishijima

Coldest Season by Katsuyuki Nishijima

Snowy Day by Katsuyuki Nishijima

Snowy Day by Katsuyuki Nishijima

Inn at Ikomaiya by Katsuyuki Nishijima

Inn at Ikomaiya by Katsuyuki Nishijima

Nishijima is well-known for his nostalgic depictions of small town life, often including shops, restaurants, and farmhouses. His prints never include people, or cars. Above are some of his snowy images. Below are sunnier Nishijima prints:

A Storefront at Kawagoe by Katsuyuki Nishijima

A Storefront at Kawagoe by Katsuyuki Nishijima

Colorful Umbrella by Katsuyuki Nishijima

Colorful Umbrella by Katsuyuki Nishijima

A Storefront at Takayama by Katsuyuki Nishijima

A Storefront at Takayama by Katsuyuki Nishijima

Sunny Time by Katsuyuki Nishijima

Sunny Time by Katsuyuki Nishijima

Tea House at Outdoor by Katsuyuki Nishijima

Tea House at Outdoor by Katsuyuki Nishijima

My personal favorites from Nishijima’s body of work are his rainy landscapes:

Tsutaya by Katsuyuki Nishijima

Tsutaya by Katsuyuki Nishijima

White Rain by Katsuyuki Nishijima

White Rain by Katsuyuki Nishijima

A Storefront at Echigoya by Katsuyuki Nishijima

A Storefront at Echigoya by Katsuyuki Nishijima

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11 thoughts on “Woodblock Prints by Katsuyuki Nishijima

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  4. We recently visited Iwakuni, Southwest of Hiroshima and found a small shop where the work that stood out from all the others was “Kyoto Old House”. We purchased the framed work and it is now hanging in our Wisconsin home. Wish we could have met the artist since we were in Kyoto for several days. Would like to know more about his career.

    Bill and Amy Benson of Eau Claire, Wisconsin USA

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