Re: Buying Ukiyo-e in Japan

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Posted by George Aar on April 12, 1999 at 07:32:03:

In Reply to: Buying Ukiyo-e in Japan posted by Frank Jaekel on April 11, 1999 at 05:57:03:

: Can anyone help me in finding a good and trustworthy place to buy Ukiyo-e's in Japan. I am especially interested in landscape images from Hiroshige, Ando and Hokusai.

: Thank you.

: Frank

If you are in Tokyo make your way to the Kanda district and you will find several woodblock print shops in amongst the bookstores. If I remember correctly the Kanda district is in east-central Tokyo near the Ochanomizu train station.There were two shops there that I liked a lot. One was "Mita Arts Co." The owner is a westerner named Ken Caplan who, naturally, speaks
English (always a plus for me) and very near his shop is one run by a couple of Japanese ladies, I believe the shop name is "Toshusai" or something like that. The ladies are very friendly and helpful although they do not speak english, but the best part is their prices are very reasonable.Across the street from there is another print and bookstore (I can't remember the name) but his prices were ridiculously high. There are at least two more shops in that same block, all with wonderful selections, though prices can be less than wonderful.I think several of these shops are listed on this site in "guide to Ukiyo-e site on the internet".

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