Sensei Yamanoha to Teach Japanese Woodblock Printing

January 18, 2017, 4:31 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 5:04 PM
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“Great Wave off Kanagawa,” a classic example of mokuhanga. Courtesy image.

Do you remember Great Wave off Kanagawa? It is a classic image that is immediately recognizable. But did you know it is a fine example of mokuhanga? This Japanese style of woodblock printing differs from western woodblock in that it is waterbased printing with sumi ink, watercolor and nori (rice paste); no toxic solvents are used.

You can learn how to make your own classic image with Sensei Glenn Yamanoha at Volcano Art Center’s “Mokuhanga: Traditional Japanese Woodblock Printmaking.”

The workshop will consist of five Thursday afternoon sessions at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus from Feb. 2 through March 9 (Feb. 2, 9, 16, March 2, 9)from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

The course fee is $80; $72 for VAC members, plus a $30 supply fee. No experience is necessary for this workshop.

Traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking is a relief printing technique that uses Japanese tools and natural materials.

Sensei Glenn Yamanoha at Volcano Art Center’s “Mokuhanga: Traditional Japanese Woodblock Printmaking.” VAC courtesy photo.


Instructor Yamanoha will introduce the basic process in five hands-on sessions.


Attendees will learn the fundamental techniques of Mokuhanga such as cutting with chisels, preparing blocks and paper, registration, and printing with a baren (printing pad.) By utilizing non-toxic, “green” materials, it readily combines traditional processes with new printing technologies.

To register or for more information please contact Volcano Art Center at 808-967-8222 or visit

Yamanoha studied woodblock printing in Kyoto, Japan, on a Monbusho (Japan government) scholarship between 1988 and 1990.


He lives in Volcano Village and runs Volcano Gravel.

The Volcano Art Center is a nonprofit educational organization created in 1974 to promote, develop and perpetuate the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i’s people and environment through activities in the visual, literary and performing arts.


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