Yokohama-e, literally “Yokohama pictures” refers to ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock prints depicting foreigners and scenes of Yokohama. In 1859, the port of Yokohama was opened to foreigners, and ukiyo-e artists, primarily of the Utagawa school, produced more than 800 different woodblock prints in response to a general curiosity about these strangers. The production of Yokohama-e ceased in the 1880s.

The most prolific artists working in this genre were Utagawa Yoshitora, Utagawa Yoshikazu, Utagawa Sadahide, Utagawa Yoshiiku, Utagawa Yoshimori, Utagawa Hiroshige II, Utagawa Hiroshige III, Utagawa Yoshitoyo, and Utagawa Yoshitomi.


  • Lane, Richard, Images from the Floating World, The Japanese Print, New York, Putnam, 1978, 348.
  • Newland, Amy Reigle, The Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints, Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, 2005, Vol. 2, 509.
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, Foreigners in Japan, Yokohama and Related Woodcuts in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1972.
  • Rijksmuseum, The Age of Yoshitoshi, Japanese Prints from the Meiji and Taishō periods, Nagasaki, Yokohama, and Kamigata prints, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, 1990.
  • Yonemura, Ann, Yokohama, Prints from Nineteenth-century Japan, Washington, D.C., Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1990.

Gallery of Yokohama-e

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