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Wonderful Collection of Japanese Vintage Art, Prints, Images and Maps

The Tokyo Olympics are on at the moment and are gripping. I’m either watching it on the TV or listening to the commentary on the radio as I work. This has inspired me to gather this collection of Japanese vintage posts on Pictureboxblue in one place.

A trip to Japan is definitely on my bucket list. Hopefully, when travel returns to normal over the next few years I will make it to Tokyo. I love Japanese art, culture and food and can’t wait to see the country too.

My love of all things vintage Japan is reflected by the number of Japanese themed posts curated on the site. There are many more Japanese collections I can’t wait to curate.

Don’t forget to pin this post and return. More and more Japanese themed vintage images will be featured.

Free Japanese vintage prints

Vintage Japan

Japanese art and culture have had a great influence on western artists and designers over the centuries. The early ukiyo-e woodblock prints of artists such as Utagawa Kuniyoshi influenced the 19th-century impressionist art movement.

Vintage Japanese art and design was also a very important element of the Art Nouveau movement. For example, the well-known artist and designer Maurice Pillard Verneuil was inspired by Japanese art and nature.

Exhibitions held in London and Paris in the 1860s displayed to the west for the first time Japanese arts and crafts. The Japanese aesthetic had an impact on the Arts and Crafts movement pioneered by William Morris. He much admired Japanese craftsmanship as a counter to the machine-made products of the industrial revolution.

The British designer Christopher Dresser was an advocate of Japanese design. He also worked as an art advisor for Londos, a company that imported Japanese goods.

The Japanese Vintage Collection

The following collection of posts are a mixture of photos, maps, illustrations and art. They all have one common theme in that they are from 18th, 19th and early 20th century Japan.

Just visit the collection that you are interested in. There you will be able to download and print the antique Japanese images.

They are all in the Public Domain. Just click on the title above the image you want. It will then open in a new window on your browser. The images can be saved to your device by right-clicking on them with your mouse.

There are a couple of vintage images of Japanese board games in the vintage board game illustrations collection and in the hot air balloon art prints. Octopuses are a popular theme in Japanese culture so there are a few Japanese woodblock prints in this octopus illustrations collection.

Don’t forget to check out the many other vintage art and design collections on Pictureboxblue.


Sunday 8th of August 2021

What a unique collection! Thanks for sharing your lovely prints at Vintage Charm! Pinning!


Sunday 8th of August 2021

Thank you so much, they are lovely Japanese prints.


Thursday 5th of August 2021

We've also been watching the Olympics at night. It's been fun watching some sports we've never seen before including the canoeing and skateboarding. I feel way too old to even think about trying some of these. The Japanese art is amazing. Japan is on our bucket list to visit some day. Thanks for sharing your images! -Andrea


Friday 6th of August 2021

Thank you. I've really enjoyed the new sports at this Olympics from climbing to 3on3 basketball.

Laura Coyne

Monday 2nd of August 2021

I just wanted to tell you how beautiful the Japanese art is! I really like your site; it is so inspiring! So nice that someone takes the time to curate such wonderful images that people don't have the opportunity to see. I, personally, love all things vintage. There is a quality about them that you just don't find these days. And I really do love Japanese-themed things. I dream of going to Japan. Too bad my spouse has no interest. Anyway, thank you for all that you do here. I so appreciate your efforts!


Monday 2nd of August 2021

Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I just have a passion for vintage images and then noticed I seem to have a bit of a Japanese bias. I have many more gems to share as I find more and more gorgeous images. I'm glad you are enjoying them.