Bijin: Beautiful woman

Bijinga: Prints depicting beautiful women (also written "bijin-ga")

Diptych: A set of two prints that when placed next to each other create a scene; most commonly oban in size this method was used by Ukiyoe artists to create larger scenes than there was available paper

Edo: The modern day city of Tokyo; the period between 1603 - 1868 A.D.

Hanga: woodblock print; also commonly used to describe a print of the modern Showa Era

Hashira-e: "pillar print", narrow verticle print averaging 70 by 12 centimeters

Heisei Era: Current era of Japan 1989 to present

Hosoban: narrow print averaging 30 by 15 centimeters

Kabuki: Traditional theater in Japan

Kamuro: A courtesian's assistant or apprentice; you will see these younger women in prints doing such things as pouring tea.

Meiji: Japanese era spanning the years 1868 to 1912

Nishiki-e: A full color print; pioneered by Harunobu

Oban: The most common size of Japanese print; averaging 58 by 32 centimeters. Oban Tate-e ukiyoe prints are printed in portrait orientation and Oban Yoko-e are printed in landscape orientation.

Onnagata: Male actor who plays female roles in Kabuki

Shin Hanga: Prints from the early 1900's

Showa: Modern era of Japan; 1926 to 1989

Shunga: Spring pictures; prints with erotic subject matter

Surimono: small prints similar to modern postcards, invitations and flyers. Surimono was typically given as gifts rather than used in commerce.

Taisho: Japanese era between 1912 to 1926

Triptych: A series of three prints which when placed next to each other create a scene; most commonly obon in size this method was used by Ukiyoe artists to create larger pictures than there was available paper

Ukiyoe: Images of the floating world; prints dealing mainly with the subject matter of pleasure (also written "ukiyoe-e")

Utagawa School: 19th century school of print designers.

Washi: handmade Japanese paper made from mulberry

Yakusha-e: an actor print

Yoshiwara: amusement district of Edo Japan, this district is depicted in a great amount of Ukiyoe