We specialize in kamigata-e, original eighteenth to twentieth century Japanese woodblock prints from Osaka and the surrounding region. We also offer nineteenth-century Edo prints and twentieth-century art works from Osaka, Tokyo, and other regions of the world. Our inventory is comprehensive and always changing, with a broad range of artists and prices.
Gallery: Our Sales Gallery is arranged by genre and artist. Each print is accompanied by a full description.
Articles and More: We offer Articles on topics related to Osaka prints, many covering aspects of Japanese printmaking that have been overlooked in the standard literature. Various essays on a variety of other topics can be found at Varia. We also maintain an Archive of the information pages for all sold prints. An extensive Glossary, artists' Biographies & Signatures, and detailed Bibliography serve as additional resources.
Contacts: You may write to us or E-mail us with your questions or requests to purchase Osaka prints, drawings, and paintings — see Contact Us and Conditions of Sale.
Links: Here we recommend Other Websites with information and images related to Osaka prints.
Search: Provides text/keyword and image searches. See the Search Page.
Video: Offers an introduction to the art of kamigata-e (Osaka video).
Hope you're all well and safe.
Perhaps it goes without saying, but the reason a year has passed between website updates is due to the uncertainties caused by the pandemic. In our case, we also lost the use of Japan Post's EMS service, our main way of shipping prints out of Japan. (More on this below.)
We have tried to make up for the long wait by doubling the number of items on offer, many of which are really rather special. This combined update showcases not only numerous rare or iconic images from the world of Kamigata-e, but also an unprecedentedly wide (for us) assortment of Edo and 20th-century works representing an array of styles and genres. Standouts this time are too many to mention; please have a look at everything.
As always, we pride ourselves on our accurate condition reports, but welcome any questions not addressed there.
Now, regarding shipping:
EMS has still not reinstated service to the U.S. As a result, for clients living there, FedEx will be used in the following way: In almost every case, orders from the States will be combined into one bulk FedEx shipment from Japan to John in California. He will then break that shipment down and send the individual packages off via domestic FedEx. This work-around is necessitated by FedEx’s current rate policy in Japan. It may increase a bit the time it takes for U.S. residents to get their purchases, and we ask your understanding.
For all other countries, we will continue to ship individual packages via EMS, and will revert to that system for the U.S., as well, as soon as EMS re-opens that route.
Again, we fervently hope the quality of our update makes up, at least in part, for the delay in its appearance. Thank you for your patience.
All the best,
Fall Sale 2020
Mailing List: If you would like to be informed directly about our updates, please contact us at Osaka Prints Update.