Mokuhanga Printmaking in Japan

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  • Program Dates: Arrive: July 29, 2024, Depart: August 25, 2024

Learn the skills and tools of classic Japanese Mokuhanga woodblock printmaking known as the “Ukiyo-e technique” widely studied by artists today.  Acquire first-hand knowledge of historical prints and other art media through class field trips to museums and galleries featuring both traditional woodblock prints and contemporary arts in Tokyo; a five-day hands-on Japanese papermaking workshop at the world-renowned Awagami Paper Factory in Tokushima; and cultural visits to Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, palaces and gardens in Kyoto.

Language of Instruction: English 
Course: ART 161J Mokuhanga: UCSC Printmaking in Japan (6 units)
Summer Session: 2
Max Enrollment: 18
Faculty Leader: Jimin Lee (she/hers), Professor of Art


Quick Facts

Locations – cities across Japan

Prerequisites and Application Requirements 

  • Minimum GPA – 2.3 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Majors: Art major or minor, or equivalent experience in studio art
  • Passport: A passport valid for at least six months after the program’s end date is required to apply or a receipt indicating that it has been ordered.
  • Financial Agreement: Download, read and electronically sign the Financial Terms and Conditions document. You will be required to upload it in the application.
  • Courses: Completed any of the following courses: 20C, 20F, 20G, 160B, 161B, 162a 162B, 163B, 163A, 163B, 165, or 168 and two non-print media lower division studio courses (Art 15-20 or CMPM25) by program departure.
  • Portfolio: Portfolio of ten images

Other Eligibility – good academic and disciplinary standing, 45 units completed by program departure, minimum age 18


  • Tokyo – In the bustling capital city of Tokyo we’ll visit museums and galleries highlighting both traditional woodblock prints and contemporary arts. 
  • Tokushima Tokushima is the capital city of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku island in Japan. Here we’ll take hands-on traditional paper (washi) workshops at Awagami Paper Factory.
  • Kyoto Kyoto is a picturesque city with a rich and dynamic culture. Here you’ll take intensive Mokuhanga classes at the Kyoto University of the Arts. You’ll engage with local faculty and artists and share your completed works.


Application Fee

  • There is a Non-Refundable $200 UCSC Global Learning Application Fee. It is charged to your UCSC account after March 1, 2024.



Japan is an island country in East Asia, where tradition and modernity coexist in a unique and remarkable way. It is home to shrines, markets, bustling cities, and timeless art. Learn more about travel in Japan here. Learn more about identities in Japan here

Host Organizations

UCSC has partnered with the Asia Institute for this program. The Asia Institute was founded in 2006 by connecting the four key sectors of society (private, public, not-for-profit and education) through a partnership network with a mission to build the leading education platform connecting Asia with the rest of the world. Over the past fifteen years, the Asia Institute has worked with over 5,000 students and faculty, and has quickly become a leading host partner for many educational institutions in areas such as short-term programs, student recruitment, experiential learning, faculty exchange, and career development.

The Mokuhanga classes will be hosted at the Kyoto University of the Arts (KUA). KUA offers four-year degrees in art and design in addition to hosting international students. 

Weather and Climate

Summers in Japan are hot and humid. With some variance between the cities, you can expect high temperatures in high eighties to low nineties Fahrenheit with low temperatures with low temperatures often in the seventies. Read more about the weather in Japan here

Travel Documents Required for US Citizens

Passport required for US citizens. If you are not a US citizen please email to learn about additional travel documents you may need to pursue this program.

Country Information Resources

Currency: Japanese Yen

Official Language: Japanese


Lodging in this program will be in hotels. Each hotel will have a dining facility and will be conveniently located near cultural activities. The rooms are double occupancy. 

Please note that elevators, air conditioners, and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.


Breakfast will be included every day as well as some lunches and dinners. 


Global Seminars are generally accessible, though some locations may present unique challenges regarding mobility. These will be addressed as needed and accommodations can be made. Please email to inquire more about if this program is a good choice for you. 

Students with DisabilitiesIf you need support services abroad, notify your UCSC Disability Resource Center (DRC) Coordinator.

Identities Abroad and Away

UC Santa Cruz Global Learning is committed to inclusion and equity in our various program options as well as striving to make everyone’s experiences abroad enriching, positive, and safe.

Learn more on our Identities Abroad and Away webpage.


Course Description

ART 161J Mokuhanga: UCSC Printmaking in Japan (6 units)

Through various class activities, excursions, and cultural visits in Tokyo and Kyoto, students will be exposed to diverse and multi-regional art practices that will broaden their perspectives and increase their understanding not only in the field of printmaking/print media but in the larger contemporary visual culture. 

Course components include:

  1. Field trips to selected museums and galleries in both traditional woodblock prints and contemporary arts in Tokyo 
  2. Cultural and historical visits to Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, palaces, and gardens in Kyoto, called the thousand-year capital  
  3. Hands-on Japanese traditional paper (washi) workshops at Awagami Paper Factory
  4. Introduction to woodblock printmaking along with in-depth study of Mokuhanga (the ukiyo-e technique)
  5. Intensive Mokuhanga classes at Kyoto University of the Arts (KUA) 
  6. Interact with faculty and work together with students from KUA 
  7. Artist presentations and speeches about their completed works at KUA 
  8. Further research possibilities in the field of woodblock printmaking and Japanese traditional handmade paper (Washi).

Course Credit

Students on UCSC Global Seminars earn regular UC Santa Cruz course credit which may be used to fulfill degree, major, minor, and General Education (GE) requirements. UC Santa Cruz students can use UCSC Global Seminar courses to fulfill their academic requirements as listed in the General Catalog. Students from other campuses should consult with the academic advisors from their home campuses to determine whether courses taken on our programs may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements.

Last modified: Feb 23, 2024