Senjafuda depicting exchange of senjafuda


From the Gertrude Bass Warner Memorial Library. This senjafuda depicts aficionados exchanging and admiring other senjafuda, showing the communities built around the enthusiasm surrounding the collectability of the senjafuda. It was originally designed by Utagawa Hiroshige.

The phenomenon of senjafuda dates back to the late 18th century. They were originally made by pilgrims to paste on the walls of temples and shrines as a sort of devotional graffiti. Later they became collector’s items, and by the middle of the 19th century they had become miniature masterpieces of woodblock printed art. Senjafuda depict a dizzying variety of themes with meticulous craftsmanship and vivid, stylish graphic design.