Ogata Gekko gekko portrait Kuchi-e

Kuchi-e are loosely classified as handmade multicoloured prints made for book frontispieces. They generally have 2 or 3 folds in the print as they were tucked into the book. At times it can be difficult to link the scene depicted to the actual story told. Gekko did the illustrations for a number of kuchi-e, the majority of images shown here are woodblock prints, the last one is a lithograph. Many of Gekko's kuchi-e were produced for the magazine Bungei Kurabu (Literary Club).

floral ornament

Yama Biraki (Opening of the Mountain to Climbers) Bungei Kurabu , Vol.16, No.8


winter birds

Winter Birds. Bungei Kurabu December 1903



Winter Scene. Bungei Kurabu magazine, December 1st 1912





winter birds

Birds and Iris


scared by thunder

Scared by Thunder. This print can often be found as a modern re-issue.



Butterfly maiden



Composing a poem


bijin in window'

Bijin in the Window


tea house opening

Opening the Tea House



Bijin with nosegay: A lithograph from Bungei Kurabu magazine 1914