Journey through Japan: Traditional Woodblock Prints

Feast your eyes upon brilliant Japanese woodblock flora and fauna art from the Edo Period (1603-1868), a time in Japanese cultural and political history of relative peace and stability. This period provides the inspiration for the Arboretum’s Japanese Garden and is characterized by the innovation of artistic techniques, such as colored woodblock printing.
All prints in this exhibition are from the Andersen Horticultural Library’s rare book collection, and many are from Honzō Zufu (Illustrated Manual of Medicinal Plants), by Iwasaki Tsunemasa (1786-1842). Tsunemasa was a Japanese botanist and samurai. Although he created these prints in the early 1800s, this work was published between 1916 and 1922. Woodblock prints by prominent Japanese artists from the Shijō School of Painting in Kyoto are also featured.

Included with gate admission; free for members, $15 for non-members ages 16 and older; free for children 15 and younger.