Ukiyo-e Reproductions
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ukiyo-e print reproductions!

Go prints are becoming harder and harder to find and their price keeps increasing as collectors grab them up.

Finally, you can own your own ukiyo-e go prints made with the Digital Imaging Giclee process -- the most advanced, accurate, and color-faithful process in the world. Watercolor inks on watercolor paper recreate the vividness the artists intended more than a hundred fifty years ago when they were limited to the processes that were available. The ravages and vicissitudes of time have been eliminated.

Prints are original oban size: approximately 25 x 32-37 cm (10 x 13-15 inches)

Prices

US$50 each (Shipping and handling: free in the USA; $5 elsewhere)

Three prints: US$135 (Shipping and handling free)

Complete set of six prints: US$250 (Shipping and handling free)

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Prints currently available

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For the complete stories these prints depict, go to Japanese Prints and the World of Go, featured on this site.
Print 2-5: Courtesans Exhibiting Their Skills $50 (¥6,500)
Center panel of an oban triptych by Chikashige. Published by Komori Sojiro in 1881.


The theme of this print is The Four Accomplishments of which go was one. Many of the geishas in the Edo era were skilled go players. Here, a game is in progress between two of them in a high-class establishment. A figure representing Genji peeps out in the background through the screens.


Print 4-1: Kibi and the Chinese Minister Playing Go $50 (¥6,500)
Oban print by Kunisada (signing as Toyokuni III), published in 1847. Publisher unidentified.


The print is titled Go in the upper right corner and was evidently intended for part of a Four Accomplishments set. Depicted here is Kibi no Makabi, who, as legend has it, brought go to Japan. He is playing a minister of the Tang court.

Print 7-10: Tadanobu Dozing at the Go Board $50 (¥6,500)
Oban print by Chikanobu, published by Kobayashi Tetsujiro in 1886.
From a series titled Azuma Nishiki Hiru Yoru Kurabe (Day and Night Compared in Eastern Brocades). In this print we see the hero's treacherous mistress about to steal out of the house in order to betray him to his enemies. In the cartouche at the upper right is a summary of the Tadanobu story and a vignette of his escape from the hostile monks at the Zao Gongen Temple in Yoshino. `Eastern brocade' is a flowery term for full-color prints published in Tokyo, where most of the publishers had their shops.
Print 7-2: Go-Board Tadanobu Crushing His Foe $50 (¥6,500)
Oban print by Kuniyoshi, published by Kagaya Kichiemon, 1830.
From a series titled Honcho Suikoden Goyu Happyakunin no Hitori, (One of the 800 Heroes of Our Country's Water Margin). The artist produced several sets of prints with leading figures of the Chinese novel Shui-hu chuan, a best-seller in Japan. This particular set explores parallels between them and heroic figures in Japanese history. The print was republished in between 1843 and 1845, with a different censor's seal and the mark of the publisher Ibaya to the left of the image, and with the sake-bottle cartouche removed from around the artist's signature.


Print 7-22: Go-Board Tadanobu Crushing His Foe $50 (¥6,500)
Oban print by Yamazaki Toshinobu II. Published by Kanai Heizaburo in 1889.
This print, A Short History of Japan in Pictures, shows Tadanobu crushing yet one more opponent while throwing into disarray the other members of the detachment.

Print 5-10: Scene from the Noh Play Go $50 (¥6,500)
Oban print with metallic pigments by Tsukioka Kogyo, published by Matsuki Heikichi in 1897.


From the Noh play Go. These are the two court ladies Prince Genji once loved so briefly and spied on so famously as they played go when they were younger. It is many years after their death and their unhappy spirits are playing once again, trying to find tranquility and gain an understanding of the world's affairs. The play is not now included in the standard Noh repertory, but it contains passages of considerable evocative power, showing how the metaphors of go playing could be assimilated into poetry, and how Taoist ideas about go could be wrapped into a cloak of Japanese Buddhism.
When playing go resentments must clear away and thoughts
become like the moon arising at night . . .
They are in the ocean of endless births and deaths,
and the go stones are like the numberless grains of sand upon the beach.
Even though they struggle, their hearts remain gentle . . .
In the game their hands reveal benevolence.
The mantra Aum reverberates in the sound of the pieces striking the board.
Before our eyes the boundaries of life and death become visible,
the pattern of Nirvana itself.
The white and black of the pieces are the colors of day and night.
The star points are the nine lights of heaven
and the three hundred and sixty intersections are the numbers of the days of the year . . .