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Further reading

Pillow pictures

Rosina Buckland, Shunga: Erotic art in Japan, London, 2010.

Timothy Clark, C.Andrew Gerstle, Aki Ishigami and Akiko Yano, Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art, London, 2013.

Chris Uhlenbeck and Margarita Winkel, Japanese erotic fantasies: Sexual imagery of the Edo period, Amsterdam, 2005.

Literature and drama

Essays in idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenkô, translated by Donald Keene, Rutland and Tokyo, 1981.

The tale of the Heike, translated by Helen C. McCullough, Stanford, 1988.

The Ise stories: Ise monogatari, translated by Hoshua S. Mostow and royall Tyler, Honolulu 2010.

Written on Water, Five Hundred Poems from the Man’yoshu, translated by Takashi Kojima, Rutland and Toyo, 1995.

Doris G. Bargen, A woman’s weapon: Spirit possession in The Tale of Genji, Honolulu, 1997.

James, R. Brandon and Samuel L. Leiter (ed.), Kabuki plays on stage, volume 2: Villainy and vengeance, 1773-1799, Honolulu, 2002.

James, R. Brandon and Samuel L. Leiter (ed.), Kabuki plays on stage, volume 3: Darkness and desire, 1804-1864, Honolulu, 2002.

Doris Croissant, Catherine Vance Yeh and Joshua S. Mostow, Performing nation: gender politics in literature, theater, and the visual arts of China and Japan, 1880-1940, Leiden, 2008.

Yoshikazu Hayashi, Utagawa Kunisada, Shinsha, 1989.

Money L. Hickman, ‘On the trail of Kume the Transcendent’, in Bulletin of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, vol. 79, 1981, pp. 20-43.

Samuel L. Leiter, New kabuki encyclopedia, Westport and London, 1997.

Earl Miner, An introduction to Japanese court poetry, Stanford, 1968.

Earl Miner, Hiroko Odagiri and Robert E. Morrell, The Princeton companion to classical Japanese literature, Princeton, 1985.

Andrew Lawrence Markus, The Willow in autumn: Ryûtei Tanehiko, 1783-1842, Cambridge and London, 1992.

Joshua S. Mostow, Pictures of the heart: The Hyakunin Isshu in word and image, Honolulu, 1996.

Joshua S. Mostow, At the house of gathered leaves: Shorter biographical and autobiographical narratives from Japanese court literature, Honolulu, 2004.

Murasaki Shikibu, The tale of Genji, translated by Royall Tyler, New York, 2001.

Haruo Shirane (ed.), Early modern Japanese literature: An anthology, 1600-1900, New York, 2002.

Haruo Shirane (ed.), Early modern Japanese literature: An anthology, beginnings to 1600, New York, 2007.

Haruo Shirane (ed.), Envisioning The Tale of Genji: Media, Gender and Cultural Production, New York, 2008.

Sei Shônagon, The pillow book of Sei Shônagon, translated by Ivan Morris, Harmondsworth, 1971.

Ryûtei Tanehiko (edited by Suzuki Jûzô), Nise Murasaki inaka Genji [Imitation Murasaki-Rustic Genji], Tokyo, 1995.

Royall Tyller (ed.), Japanese Nô Dramas, London 1992.

Arthur Waley, The Nô plays of Japan, London, 1921.


Nishiyama Matsunosuke, Daily life and diversions in urban Japan, 1600-1868, Honolulu, 1997.

Conrad D. Totman, Early modern Japan, Berkeley, 1993.


Shûgo Asano and Timothy Clark, The passionate art of Kitagawa Utamaro, London, 1995.

John T. Carpenter (ed.), Reading surimono: The interplay of text and image in Japanese Prints, Leiden/Boston, 2008.

Timothy Clark, Kuniyoshi, from the Arthur R. Miller Collection, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2009.

Timothy Clark and Osamu Ueda, The actor’s image: Print makers of the Katsukawa School, Chicago, 1994.

Suzuki Harunobu, exhibition catalogue, Chiba City Museum of Art, Chiba, 2002.

Jack Hillier, The art of the Japanese book, London, 1987.

Allen Hockley, The prints of Isoda Koryûsai: Floating world culture and its consumers in eighteenth-century Japan, Seattle and London, 2003.

Eric van den Ing, Beauty and Violence: Japanese Prints by Yoshitoshi 1839-1892, Society for Japanese Arts, Amsterdam, 1992.

Roger. S. Keyes, Courage and Silence: a Study of the life and color woodblock prints of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 1838-1892, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1983.

Roger S. Keyes, The art of surimono, London, 1985.

Eiko Kondo, ‘Inaka Genji series’, in Matthi Forrer (ed.), Essays on Japanese art presented to Jack Hillier, London, 1982, pp. 78-93.

Howard A. Link, Prints by Utagawa Hiroshige in the James A. Michener collection, Honolulu, 1991.

Andreas Marks (ed.), Genji’s World in Japanese woodblock prints from the Paulette and Jack Lantz collection, Leiden, 2012.

Peter Morse, Hokusai: One hundred poets, London, 1989.

Amy Reigle Newland (ed.), The Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints, Amsterdam, 2005.

Henry D. Smith II, Hiroshige: One hundred famous views of Edo, London 1986.

Elizabeth de Sabato Swinton, The women of the pleasure quarter: Japanese paintings and prints of the floating world, New York, 1995.

John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi’s One hundred aspects of the moon, Redmond, 1992.

John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi’s women: The woodbloc-print series Fûzoku sanjûnisô, Seattle and London, 1995.

Surimono - Poetry & image in Japanese prints, exhibition catalogue, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2001.

Ellis Tinios, Japanese Prints, Ukiyo-e in Edo, 1700-1900, London, 2010.

David, B, Waterhouse, Harunobu and his age: The development of colour printing in Japan, London 1964.


Jack Hillier, The art of the Japanese book, London, 1987.

Roger S. Keyes, Ehon: The artist and the book in Japan, Seattle, 2006.

Suzuki Jun and Ellis Tinios, Understanding Japanese woodblock-printed illustrated books: a short introduction to their history, bibliography and format, Leiden/Boston, 2013.

The Fitzwilliam’s collection

Craig Hartley with a contribution by Celia R. Withycombe, Prints of the Floating World: Japanese Woodcuts from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, The Fitzwilliam Museum in association with Lund Humphries, Cambridge and London, 1997.

Online exhibition of Kunisada and Kabuki

Online interactive version of Utamaro’s illustrated booksincluding kyôka love poems.

Online exhibition of Yoshitoshi

Online exhibition of Snow Country

Online animated explanation of Japanese woodcut making

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