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Uchida Publishing

Uchida Publishing 


The Uchida Art Gallery, which is still active, was founded in 1919 in Kyoto as the Uchida Bijutsu Shoshi (Uchida Art and Book Shop). This art bookstore was also a print publisher specializing mostly in shin hanga prints and ukiyo-e reprints. One of its most famous artists was Tokuriki Tomikichiro (1902-2000).  Other artists published by Uchida were Hasegawa Sadanobu III (1881-1963), Itō Nisaburō (1905-2001), Kotozuka Eiichi (1906-1979), Asada Benji (1899-1984) and Takeshita Kin'u 竹下金烏 (?-?).

Seals, Signatures and Marks

Uchida hanmoto

U Chi Da Han1
Uchida han

Uchida han copyright

版元 うちだ
Hanmoto Uchida

版元 うちだ
Hanmoto Uchida

 Uchida han
Uchida Bijutsu Shoshi han
(Uchida Fine Art Shop)
from Uchida published postcard

1 see http://shotei.com/seals/seal_details.php?seal=1162 for information on this publisher's seal often misidentified as an artist's seal

Website of Uchida Art Co., Ltd. 
Unfortunately, Uchida Art is no longer maintaining their website.  However, they still operate shops in both Kyoto and Tokyo at the following locations:

Kyoto Main Shop: Kyoto Handicraft Center 3F Kumanojinja-Higashi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Japan Tel:(075) 761-0345 (5 lines) Fax:(075) 761-0349 
Tokyo Branch 2nd Floor, Sukiyabashi Center Ginza 5, Cho-ku, Tokyo
Tel/Fax: (03)3571-8077
Kyoto Handicraft Center 3F
Kumanojinja-Higashi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan.

From Uchida's  previous, now defunct, website:
Founded in 1919. Since then we have been producing traditional crafts, such as painted screens, scrolls and woodblock prints, and endeavored to preserve the skills needed for these traditional works. These skills have been passed down through many generations. Expert craftsmen learn their skills through many years of apprenticeship, and then pass them to the next generation.

These crafts have become world famous, but the skills to make them are in danger of dying out. Even in this age of advanced technology, machines cannot replace these traditional skills.

To prevent these skills from disappearing, we are trying to inform more people about the beauty and wonder of traditional Japanese crafts, especially woodblock prints. We look forward to sharing with you the beauty created by traditional skill.

On Japanese Woodblock Printing by Uchida Art Company Ltd.