Yashima Gakutei

Japanese (1786–1868)

Born in 1786, Yashima Gakutei was a good Ukiyo-e craftsman, but was better known as a writer and poet. He was a kyoka-poet, putting his own poems on his prints. Gakutei also translated a 16th century Chinese novel, “His-yi” (Journey to the West) into Japanese and illustrated the book with his own designs. Gakutei produced a number of excellent surimono and book illustrations.