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How to Experience the Timeless Charm of Ukiyo-e in Tokyo: Inspired by Christie's Record-breaking Auction

Updated: 5 days ago


"The Great Wave off Kanagawa" by Hokusai


A New World Record for Hokusai


On March 19, 2024, the world witnessed a historic moment in art history as a complete set of Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji by Katsushika Hokusai fetched an astounding $3,559,000 at auction by Christie's, setting a new world record for the artist. This monumental achievement surpassed the previous record set by Christie’s last year, highlighting the enduring allure of Hokusai's masterpieces.

The iconic image "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" by Hokusai achieved an impressive $693,000, while "Thunderstorm Beneath the Summit," also known as "Black Fuji," more than doubled its low estimate, achieving $214,200. Utagawa Hiroshige's "Yellow Rose (Yamabuki) and Frogs" also soared, selling for over 16 times its low estimate at $32,760.


"Thunderstorm Beneath the Summit, Black Fuji" by Hokusai


Experience the Legacy of Ukiyo-e Art at Takahashi Kobo in Tokyo


Nestled in the heart of Tokyo, Takahashi Kobo stands as the oldest Edo woodblock print studio in the country. Our commitment to preserving the tradition of ukiyo-e art extends to offering immersive ukiyo-e-making experiences for travelers seeking to delve into the rich cultural heritage of Japan. In addition to the ukiyo-e-making experience, participants can take home one ukiyo-e print, including the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series, valued at 20,000 yen as a souvenir. These prints are authentic works crafted by artisans at Takahashi Kobo. The price for this experience is a very affordable 40,000 yen per person.


Utagawa Hiroshige's "Yellow Rose (Yamabuki) and Frogs"


Craft Your Own Ukiyo-e Masterpiece


Participate in our exclusive ukiyo-e-making experience and unlock the secrets of this ancient art form under the guidance of our skilled artisans. Immerse yourself in the intricate process of woodblock printing and create your very own ukiyo-e print to cherish as a souvenir of your journey through Japan.


ukiyo-e-making experience at Takahashi Studio in Tokyo


Connect with Renowned Artisans


At Takahashi Kobo, you'll have the unique opportunity to interact with some of the world's most celebrated ukiyo-e artisans. Learn firsthand about the history and techniques behind ukiyo-e art as our artisans share their expertise, drawing from years of experience and prestigious engagements at institutions like the British Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts.


Embrace Authenticity and Value


Experience the unparalleled satisfaction of owning an authentic ukiyo-e print crafted by genuine artisans, resonating with the same artistry and acclaim as those showcased in renowned auctions worldwide. Take home not just a piece of art but a piece of history at a surprisingly affordable price.


"Fine Wind, Clear Morning, Red Fuji" by Hokusai


Takahashi Kobo and the Global Art Scene


It's worth noting that the recent auction at Christie's in New York saw Takahashi Kobo's influence resonate on a global scale. The record-breaking sale of Hokusai's Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series underscores the worldwide appreciation for Japanese art, further emphasizing the significance of our ukiyo-e-making experience.


Unleash Your Creativity in Japan


Embark on a journey of artistic discovery with Takahashi Kobo's ukiyo-e-making experience. Immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of ukiyo-e art and create lasting memories of your trip to Japan. Book your experience Ukiyo-e in Tokyo today and unlock the secrets of this cherished cultural treasure.


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