Fun Link Friday: Mapping Ukiyo-e

For those who are interested in the intersection of history, art, and technology, a computer science undergrad (@Cascadesssss on Twitter) has produced an OpenStreetMap plotting nearly 300 ukiyo-e prints according to the locations they represent across Japan’s archipelago.

The map started out with three sets of Hiroshige prints, but now has expanded to include not only Hiroshige’s “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo,” “Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces,” and “The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido,” but also his “Eight views of Ōmi” and Hokusai’s “Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji.”

Hovering on any of the locations will give you a little preview of the print, but clicking on each item will pull up the full image.

This site is a really fun way to explore representations of these famous locations as they were depicted during the Edo period.

Are they the same after roughly 200 years? You be the judge! You can check them out at



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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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1 Response to Fun Link Friday: Mapping Ukiyo-e

  1. Pingback: Fun Link Friday: Ukiyo-e project and modern prints | What can I do with a B.A. in Japanese Studies?

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