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Woodblock Print Sizes

Japanese woodblock prints have traditionally been made in the following sizes and formats. These sizes are based on the typical dimensions of handmade Japanese paper, so as not to waste any paper. The most common print size is the oban format, which uses half of a large hosho sheet. However, Japanese papermakers use slightly different recipes and molds and there is no exact standard for the size of a large hosho sheet. Therefore, the dimensions given below are average print sizes.

The words tate-e and yoko-e often appear after the print size in a catalog description (as in oban tate-e or chuban yoko-e). They refer to the alignment of the print; tate-e is a vertically aligned print, while yoko-e is a horizontal print. For more information on traditional Japanese paper dimensions, please visit woodblock.com.

Print Size

Size (in)

Size (cm)

Notes

oban

9.5" x 14.5"

24.1 x 36.8 cm

1/2 of large hosho sheet

dai oban

12" x 16.5"

30.5 x 42 cm

also called 'large oban', standard size for Paul Jacoulet prints & large Elizabeth Keith prints

double oban

15" x 20"

38 x 51 cm

entire large hosho sheet

aiban

9" x 13"

34.2 x 22.5 cm

in between oban and chuban sizes, 1/2 of small hosho sheet

chuban

7.5" x 10"v

19 x 26 cm

1/2 of oban size, 1/4 of large hosho sheetv

koban

5" x 7.5"

12.7 x 19 cm

1/2 of chuban size, 1/8 of large hosho sheet, format for some Hasui postcards

yatsugiriv

3.75" x 5"

9.5 x 12.7 cm

postcard size, 1/2 of koban size

tanzaku

17" x 5"

43 x 12.7 cm

narrow vertical format used for paintings, pillar prints, and calligraphy

chutanzaku

15" x 5.1"

38 x 13 cm

narrow format, similar to hosoban size

nagaoban

19.7" x 8.7"

50 x 22 cm

common format for large Koson prints

hosoban

13" x 5.7"

33 x 14.5 cm

common format for small Koson prints

shikishiban

7.1" x 8.3"

18.2 x 21.2 cm

also called kukuban, square format sometimes used for fan prints

hashira-e

28.7" x 4.7"

73 x 12 cm

narrow vertical format used for paintings, pillar prints, and calligraphy

kakemono-e

30.1" x 9.1"

76.5 x 23 cm

narrow vertical format used for paintings, pillar prints, and calligraphy