For the Adachi Contemporary Ukiyo-e Award 2023, we are looking for 21st century ukiyo-e artists that depict “ukiyo” or “the current times.” Ukiyo-e prints, which are loved around the world as an iconic part of Japan, are produced through the collaboration of an artist, a carver, and a printer. Hokusai and Hiroshige, among others, were ukiyo-e artists called “eshi,” who were specialists in creating sketches for ukiyo-e prints. The ukiyo-e they created were truly mirrors of the times, reflecting social conditions and historical backgrounds. Since 2009, the Adachi Contemporary Ukiyo-e Award has produced woodcut prints based on the works that the winners created. This is an opportunity to become an ukiyo-e artist like Hokusai and create works in collaboration with modern-day carvers and printers.



1. What you file:

1) Application form
2) A portfolio of your past works
 Format: a book with 2 – 10 pages of A4 or letter size paper

2. How to Apply:

There are two ways to apply. Please choose one.

If you would like to apply digitally, go to the application form online, where you can fill in all the necessary information (You do not need to download application form part 1 and 2. They are for the application by mail). You can upload your portfolio as PDF at the end of the online application form. The format of the portfolio is as described. You might need to break up your portfolio into multiple PDF files to meet the size capacity.

*Application form (Only for digital application)


<By mail>
If you would like to send your application and portfolio by mail, please download and print two application forms and include filled forms in your portfolio.

*Application forms: Part1 and Part2 (Only for mail application)
*Shipping costs should be owed by the applicant.

3. Application period: 7/22, 2023 – 12/25, 2023

4. Qualification: No restrictions on your career, age, and nationality

5. Application Fee: Free

6. Prize:

1st Prize
300,000 yen + your picture will be made as a woodcut print by contemporary artisans and a complete print will be given to you


2nd Prize
150,000 yen + your picture will be made as a woodcut print by contemporary artisans and a complete print will be given to you


3rd Prize
50,000 yen

7. Result: Around January February, 2024

8. Judges:

Seiichiro Miida (Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts)
Tomio Koyama (Gallerist)
Yuji Yamashita (Professor, Meiji Gakuin University)
Isamu Adachi (Chairman, The Adachi Foundation)

9. Contact:

The Adachi Foundation
Shimoochiai 3-13-17 Shinjuku-ku,161-0033 Tokyo, JAPAN
Tel: +81-3-3951-1267 Fax: +81-3-3951-2137


*The works of the applicants must not infringe on others’ copyright. The application will be canceled if we find that their works infringe on another’s copyright.
*The copyright of the winners’ woodcut prints belongs to The Adachi Foundation.
*If the request for a commercial using the image or print itself of the prize winner is made, the Adachi Foundation will handle the case with the prize winner’s permission.
*The Adachi Foundation does not accept any application which does not meet the regulations of the award.
*The application is invalid if it is out of or lacks application qualification.
*The portfolio can be returned if only the applicant requests and can be returned only if the shipping address is in Japan and the shipping fee is paid by the applicant.
*We will not be able to answer any questions about the selection process.
*We only use all privacy information of applicants for this award for the purpose of the award. Please see our general privacy policy.

This award is Sponsored by:

The Adachi Foundation for the Preservation of Woodcut Printing

Cooperated by:

The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints

Designed by:

Takehiko Tsutsumi, ebc