Shunkōsai Hokushū

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Signatures of Shunkōsai Hokushū from left to right: “Shunkō ga” (春好 画) and “Shunkōsai Hokushū” (春好斎 北洲)
woodblock print by Shunkōsai Hokushū of kabuki actor Nakamura Utaemon III as Seno-o no Tarō

Shunkōsai Hokushū (春好斎 北洲), who is also known as Shunkō IV, was a designer of ukiyo-e style Japanese woodblock prints in Osaka who was active from about 1802 to 1832. He is known to have been a student of Shōkōsai Hambei, and may have also studied with Hokusai.[1] He used the name Shunkō (春好) until 1818, when he changed his name to “Shunkōsai Hokushū”. He was the most important artist in Osaka during the 1810-1820s and established the Osaka style of actor prints.[2]


  1. ^ Roberts, 1976, p. 49
  2. ^ Newland, 2005, p. 488


  • Keyes, Roger S. & Keiko Mizushima, The Theatrical World of Osaka Prints, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1973, 266.
  • Lane, Richard. (1978). Images from the Floating World, The Japanese Print. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780192114471; OCLC 5246796
  • Newland, Amy Reigle, The Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints, Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, 2005, Vol. 2, 488.
  • Roberts, Laurance P., A Dictionary of Japanese Artists, Tokyo, Weatherhill, 1976, 49.