About Takahashi Kobo
– Founded 160 years ago –
The most historic Ukiyo-e woodblock prints studio
When you heard “Ukiyo-e”, you might remind “The Great Wave” by Hokusai Katsushika or kabuki actors by Toshusai Sharaku. Many of them were produced by prints, and that is the roots of Japanese printing technology, which is characterized by colorful multicolor printing.
That technology is called “Edo Woodblock Prints” and been inherited traditional mainly in Tokyo for more than 400 years.
We are still producing the Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, which were loved from people of Edo, by craftsperson’s hands with using the materials, technology and techniques same as in the Edo period.
Takahashi Kobo was founded in the Ansei era (1854-1860).
Takahashi has been a family of “Printer” of Edo woodblock print for generations, and also has become a “Publisher” from the 4th representative. We have been producing traditional woodblock prints without any changes, since we were founded in 160 years ago till now. The present representative Yukiko Takahashi became the 6th representative after studied printing technique from her father, and has started activities to spread and develop the culture of Edo woodblock prints as publisher.
The technique and culture of Edo woodblock prints has been inherited through the production and sale.
The 6th representative is planning and producing the products totally with the technique as a “Printer” and the wide range of knowledge and sensibility as a “Publisher”. Our strength is planning ability backed by a deep understanding of technique and culture, and based on the technique inherited from the Edo period, we are enthusiastically producing everything from ukiyo-e reproductions to contemporary art works and general goods.
Also, she creates an environment for inheriting the traditional technique based on the production and sales. She leads the industry and lectures and demonstrates around the world, and trains craftsperson to spread and develop this culture.