SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Ukiyo-e: Japanese Prints of the 'Floating World'

Specialist Art Course

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: 12 - 15 February 2018

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Fees: Course Fee: £600


The woodblock printing technique was first used for disseminating Buddhist teaching in Japan in the 8th century, However, it was during the Edo period (1615 – 1868) that this technique came to be used to produce Ukiyo-e (Floating World pictures) reaching its zenith both in quantity and technical sophistication.

The publishing industry flourished in urban centres, and vast numbers of books and single sheet images depicting Kabuki actors, courtesans, scenes of everyday life, and landscapes were circulated among the populace.

This short course offers an in-depth study of this much-loved art form with lectures and museum visits led by experts in the field.

Course features:

  • Lectures by leading experts and curators
  • Visits to museums, including unique access to reserve collections


Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4451