Japanese Woodblock Print Search
Ukiyo-e Search provides an incredible resource: The ability to both search for Japanese woodblock prints by simply taking a picture of an existing print AND the ability to see similar prints across multiple collections of prints. Below is an example print, click to see it in action.
Search 213,657 prints:
Search by Image:
Upload a picture of a print to find similar prints across multiple collections.
Early Ukiyo-e (Early-Mid 1700s)
Birth of Full-Color Printing (1740s to 1780s)
Golden Age of Ukiyo-e (1780 to 1804)
Popularization of Woodblock Printing (1804 to 1868)
Meiji Period (1868 to 1912)
Shin Hanga and Sosaku Hanga Movements (1915 to 1940s)
Modern and Contemporary (1950s to Now)
Ukiyo-e Search was created by John Resig, a computer programmer and avid enthusiast of Japanese woodblock prints.
In his personal research he saw a need for a tool that did not exist: some way of easily finding similar prints across multiple collections simultaneously. Additionally, some way of finding prints simply by uploading a picture of a print seemed like an especially critical tool for researchers and collectors alike.
A ton of work has gone into making this search engine as easy to use as possible, for example: Artist names have been unified into a single name across collections (even taking into account artist name changes) - even translating the Kanji names on Japanese museum sites. Also the best possible images have been found on the museum sites (which can often be a task unto itself).
This site is currently serving as a demonstration of what's possible but many improvements are still yet to be made.
If you have any questions please contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.