UNSODO was founded in Kyoto in 1891 as an art book publisher.The only publisher in Japan to publish handrail woodblock books,
We make various art books and crafts by utilizing the technology.
The name “Unsodo” comes from the name of Tomioka Tessai. “Unso” is a perennial plant of the Rutaceae family, and is cultivated for medicinal and ornamental purposes under the name “Wijnruit” in Southern Europe. It has long been used as a herb to protect books from pests.
UNSODO produces woodblock prints using the same technique as used in ukiyo-e woodblock prints of the Edo period (1603-1868).
We have produced a number of works based on reprints of woodblocks in our collection, including ukiyoe loved around the world by artists such as Hokusai and Hiroshige, as well as works by Kasamatsu Shiro, Ito Jakuchu, and Kamisaka Sekka.