Mar. 07, 2019 UPDATE


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Let’s dive into the fascinating world of ukiyo-e at this ukiyo-e specialty store, Nishiharu, on Kyoto’s Teramachi Street!
Nishiharu is on the northern end of the Teramachi Kyogoku Shopping Street, and it is a store specializing in Edo and Meiji period ukiyo-e art. It is next door from the famous sukiyaki restaurant Mishima-tei. The stately looking historic store was founded almost 100 years ago. They sell all kinds of ukiyo-e art, from, the famous ones from classical masters like Hokusai and Hiroshige; to the more modern ones from artists like Kuniyoshi. The way they exhibit the ukiyo-e art makes this store almost look like a small art gallery! One of the most interesting parts of this shop is that you can look and choose the ukiyo-e you want while talking about ukiyo-e with the owner. They are fun to look at, and delightful to buy, so I’m sure you will find some you like!
These ukiyo-e artworks were made between Edo and Meiji periods. The beautiful gradations of the colors and the elaborate compositions of these dramatic ukiyo-e prints are sure to surprise you. The prices start at around 10,000 yen and the most expensive ones are 1,000,000 yen and up.
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Shin hanga
Once we get to more modern times, we have woodblock prints called Shin hanga from Taisho and Showa periods. At Nishiharu they also sell Shin hanga so remember to take a look. Compared to the ones made in the Edo and Meiji periods, the motifs and styles are more modern, but still, there is something “good old Japan” about them. Maybe because of this, they feel a bit nostalgic. They have a different charm from the ukiyo-e, so remember to also take a look at Shin hanga!
How to buy

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All of the ukiyo-e have explanations in both Japanese and English. 

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This is the store designed to look like a tea ceremony room. It feels almost like you were in your grandfather’s home; it feels comforting. You can look at the ukiyo-e in peace. Here you can listen to the owner tell you about the historic background behind ukiyo-e, so you can choose the one you like while carefully listening to him! 

- Shopping Tips -

The products can be shipped by EMS. It takes about a week for the products to get to you, so it may be a good idea to use this service. 

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I used to think of Ukiyo-e as something expensive you can only see in museums, but after going to Nishiharu this changed completely! I was surprised how reasonably priced some of the ukiyo-e were. To think that people in the Edo period touched these ukiyo-e; how they painted the pictures, and then made the woodblock prints is really touching. This store is in the Teramachi Kyogoku Shopping Street, so I hope you will visit it when you are sightseeing.
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Category Arts
Phone +81 75-211-2849
Address 1 Ishibashi-cho (Sanjo-dori), Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City
Directions Nishiharu is a 5-minute walk from subway Tozai line Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station; a 6-minute walk from Keihan Sanjo Station; and a 9-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station.
Open Hours 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Closed Irregular holidays.
Price range
Credit cards Accepted.
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Those who like ukiyo-e should definitely visit this store. They have explanations in English, and the owner is friendly.
Information English.
Lanuages spoken Simple English.
Shipping services Available.
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