Online database of the illustrated books of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), compiled by Ryoko Matsuba, with the support of the Art Research Centre, Ritsumeikan University

This database, which is being continuously updated, provides access to digital versions of nearly all the illustrated books of Katsushika Hokusai, together with Japanese transcriptions of the original woodblock text.  Hokusai designed illustrated books throughout his career, beginning in his teens and continuing until a few months before his death.  These books spanned several genres, from popular novels (kusazôshi and yomihon), through poetry collections (kyôka ehon), to teaching manuals for aspiring artists (edehon) – as well as perhaps his greatest achievement in print, One Hundred Views of Mt Fuji (Fugaku hyakkei).  Although not as well-known as his single-sheet prints, the majority of Hokusai’s work as a print designer went into his illustrated books, which are a testament to his extraordinary ability to bring the world to life on the page.

Research and publication of this resource is supported by:
The British Museum
SOAS University of London
Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK
The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto
JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number JP15K21501