A woodblock print of a woman combing her hair

Torii Kotondo, “Hair Combing” (1932)

From Katsushika Hokusai’s unmistakable views of Mount Fuji to contemporary landscapes by Asano Takeji, Ukiyo-e Search collects a wide variety of Japanese woodblock prints. Programmer John Resig built the online database back in 2012, and the archive now boasts more than 223,000 individual artworks from the early 18th century to today. Encompassing an array of styles, subject matter, and aesthetic impulses, the database is organized by artist and time period, and the system facilitates easy comparison of copies held at museums and institutions around the world

Find some of our favorite works in the database below, and head to the archive to dive into Ukiyo-e history. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

A woodblock print of a waterfall

Katsushika Hokusai, “Kirifuri Waterfall at Kurokami Mountain in Shimotsuke” (ca. 1832)

A woodblock print of a ship at sea

Yoshida Hiroshi, “Sailboats: Forenoon (Hansen, gozen)” from the series ‘Inland Sea (Seto Naikai shû)’ (1926)

A woodblock print of a person harvesting at twilight

Asano Takeji, “Twilight In The Village, Nara” (1953)

A woodblock print of two herons flying

Shoson Ohara, “White Herons and Willow” (1926)

A woodblock print of a bird among pink cherry blossoms

Bakufu Ohno, “Cherry Blossoms” (1950)

A woodblock print of two people on a boat at sea with a net and Mount Fuji in the background

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, “Mount Fuji on a Clear Day from the Sea off Tsukuda” (1843)

A woodblock print of a gleaming streetscape and temple in the rain

Tsuchiya Koitsu, “Sengaku Temple” (1933)

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