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Print Genres

Print Genres

aizuri-e 藍摺絵 - blue print

banzuke 番付 - ranking list (e.g. of sumo wrestlers and actors)

bijinga 美人画 - prints of beautiful women

bunmei kaika-e 文明開化 - pictures of civilization and enlightenment (i.e. modernity in the Meiji era)

edehon 画手本 – illustrated manuals

ehon banzuke 絵本番付 - illustrated theater guides

fūkei-ga 風景画 - landscape print

fukusei-ga 複製画 and fukusei hanga 復製版画 - reproductions of older prints or print reproductions of paintings

fūshi-ga 風刺画 - satirical prints

giga 戯画 -  playful prints, caricatures

gōkan 合巻 – illustrated novels

harimaze-e 張交絵 or 貼交絵-  prints of two or more subjects on a single page.

hashika-e 麻疹が - measles prints

hikifuda 引札 - handbill, advertisement

kabuki-ga 歌舞伎が - kabuki prints

kachō-e 花鳥絵 – prints of flowers and birds

kage-e 影絵 - shadow prints

kanban 看板 – theater billboards

kanjo-e 官女絵 – women of the court prints

kappazuri-e 合羽摺絵 -  stencil print

kawari-e 異り絵 – composite pictures

kumiage-e 組上げ絵 - construction print

kuchi-e 口絵 - frontispiece

kusazōshi 草双紙 – illustrated fiction

kyōiku nishikie 教育錦絵- full-color educational prints

kyōzai-ga - teaching pictures

marutachi – full-length portraits

meisho keshiki – scenes of famous places

meisho-e 名所絵 – pictures of famous places

mitate-e 見立絵 - parody print

musha-e 武者絵 – warrior prints

nakami – inside illustrations

namazu-e 鯰絵 - catfish prints

nenjū gyōji-e 年中行事絵 – pictures of annual events

nigao-e 似顔絵 – actor portraits

nishiki-e 錦絵 – color woodblock prints; brocade print

nishiki-e shūshindan 錦絵 修身 - moral education print

nizura 似面 – portraits

nōgakuzue 能楽図絵 - pictures of Noh plays

ōgi 扇 – fans

ōkubi-e 大首絵 – large head, half-length actor portraits

omocha-e 玩具絵 - toy prints

onna-e 女絵 – women pictures

oshi-e 押絵/押し絵 – “padded" or "pressed" pictures

ruiji abura-e 類似 油絵 – copies of oil paintings

shibai-e 芝居絵 - prints of dramatic plays

shinbun nishiki-e 新聞 錦絵 - illustrated newspaper prints

shinbun sashi-e 新聞 挿絵 – newspaper illustrations

shini-e 死絵 -  memorial prints

shin hanga 新版画 - new print

shunga 春画 - erotic print

sosaku hanga 創作版画 - creative print

sugoroku 双六 – a type of game board

surimono 摺物 - privately commissioned prints (literally "printed thing")

tōyama-e - patent medicine prints

uchiwa-e 団扇絵 – fan prints

ukiyo-e 浮世絵 - prints of the floating world

yakusha-e 役者絵- actor prints

yakusha-e nigao 役者絵 似顔– actor likenesses

yakuwari banzuke 役割番付 - program of actor names, crests and rankings


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