Japanese Wall Art

Japanese Wall Art - The Ultimate Gallery

Japanese aesthetics have been popular for more than a century. So much so that we have the term “Japonisme” to describe the wave of interest in Japanese culture in the 19th century. We’ve written about the influence of Japan on western architecture here.

So why not get a little Japanese artwork on your wall? We’ve created this gallery of Japanese wall art and Japanese posters to give you an overview of what’s out there. We’ve trawled through the cheesy images and more appalling items that are flogged to the gaijin market. If you’re in the market for a poster of a samurai warrior matched with the Kanji for “sushi”, this isn’ the place for you.

We’ve divided the images into some of the more popular categories of Japanese posters including Japanese movie posters and vintage Japanese posters. Images are available to purchase on the Redbubble store.

Japanese Posters

Japanese Movie Posters

Japanese movie posters are an art form in itself, and the artists that create them are respected for their work.

These posters have come a long way since their inception in the late 1800s. As time passed they also became a form of art and started to be hung on walls in homes and galleries.

Japanese film posters are quite different than the ones we see in Western Countries. Instead of a celebrity or model on the poster, there’s a snapshot of what’s happening in the movie.

One interestinge example is the Godzilla poster in Japan (compared to other countries), which mostly emulates traditional Japanese paintings.It’s usually done in a monotone of black and red, with a vintage feel. The color scheme represents Godzilla: the red for fire, which ties into Godzilla’s origin as creature who is born from nuclear radiation.

Japanese poster for classic French film Amelie
Japanese 2001: A Space Odyssey poster
Frances Ha Japanese Poster
Japanese Blade Runner
Japanese Blues Brothers
Super Smash Brothers - The Movie Japanese

Japanese Star Wars Posters

We’ve got a whole page of Japanese Star Wars posters here.

Vintage Japanese Posters

Japan has some amazingly beautiful vintage images, many of them originally advertisments for products. Perhaps most iconicallly, Japanese beer companies have a long tradition of creating advertisments with beautiful women swooming at over a glass of the amber ale. Here’s a few to get you started.

Vintage Yebisu Beer Poster
Vintage sugar company advertisment

Japanese Propaganda Posters

For this history buffs, here are some Japanese wartime propaganda images. These images serve as a visual reminder of the horrors of wartimes that we never want to revisit.

Japanese wartime magazine cover commorating the 2nd anniversary of the "Greate East Asian War" (WWII & sino-Japanese war)
Japanese propaganda image urging to "Mobilise the Japanese Spirit"
WW2 Japanese Propaganda Poster urgin "residents to be vigilent"

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Studio Ghibli Posters

Welcome to our gallery of Studio Ghibli posters! These posters have been put together after scouring the web and online stores for the best selections available.

There are more high end posters printed on canvas, wood, fabric or even metal. Or there are more simple paper posters of various sizes. 

You could go for an “official” movie release poster, with credits and text, either in the original Japanese or the translated English (or indeed another language). For most films there is a range of release advertisment posters.

There is also a lot of “inspired by Ghibli” posters. It is questionable how many of these have actually been licensed to produce this art work. Some very squarely fits into the category of Ghibli “fan art”. But some of these are truely stunning pieces of homilie to work that clearly resonates with artists and more general viewers a like. 

To make all of this a bit easier to navigate, we’ve searched across outlets and arranged what we’ve found by movie catogories, store. They are also generally arranged from higher end to lower end items.

Whether you’re looking to purchase a Studio Ghibli poster, or just want to look through a gallery of some of the stunning art work that is out there, hopefully this helps!

We’ve also got a gallery of Studio Ghibli socks here and generally Japanese posters here. Also check out our Japanese Star Wars Posters here.

If you’re interested in coloring in your own characters try our Japan coloring books page.

My Neighbor Totoro

となりのトトロ

Probably the cutest and most recognisable character from the Ghibli pantheon is the oh-so-plush Totoro!

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Now we’re getting a little more arty and abstract! No text here! 17″ x 13″ (44 cm x 33 cm)

  

 

 

 Loving, artist’s interpretation of our furry hero. 
Canvas 13.78 x 19.69 (35cm x 50cm)

Striking image highlighting the environmental theme that runs through Totoro and Miyazaki’s work. 32″ x 24″ (80 cm x 60 cm)

 Classic movie advertisment style poster with original Japanese title & credits.
24″ x 36″ (61cm x 91.5cm)

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Subtle, abstract take on Totoro! Vibrant, bold green, you’ve got to look close to find our fluffy friend. 13″ x 19″ (33 x 48 cm)
A tribute to the father character from Totoro Tatsuo Kusakabe.
 Fandom doesn’t get much more subtle than this.
24″ x 36″ (61 x 91.5cm)
Woodblock, Ikiyo-e style print of Totoro! Stunning.
Various sizes up to huge A1.
Artsy meets minimal kawaii!
Canvas, multiple sizes
For fans of the cat-bus! Beautiful.
Multiple sizes
Totoro wood print in the wind!
Up to A1 size

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Artsy Totoro canvas print
Ghibli Totoro opening image on canvas
Soft colors Totoro poster

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Totoro with cat bus, umbrella and Japanese text.
60cm x 90cm
Cute and Kawaii to the max 24″ x 35″ 60cm x 90cm
Psychadelic Totoro!
24″ x 35″ 60 x 90cm

Spirited Away

千と千尋の神隠し

Possibly the most enigmatic and mysterious of Miyazaki Hayao’s works.

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Beautiful Oil-Painting style adverstising for Sprited Away with Chinese text. 11″ x 17″ (28 x 43cm)

Sen Meets Kaonashi

Brightly coloured Abura-ya on a sunny day! 24″ x 36″ (61cm x 91.5cm)

 

In Quasi Ukiyo-E style! 24″ x 36″ (61cm x 91.5cm)

The Abura-ya at dusk! 11″ x 14″

Dark & moody Spirited Away. 24″ x 36″ (61cm x 91.5cm)

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Spirited Away Bathhouse illustration printed on a vintage image 0
Aburaya Bathhouse printed on recycled dictionary paper
Spirited Away Bathhouse Japanese Print: Studio Ghibli Poster image 3
The Aburaya bathouse in Ukiyo-e style
Spirited Away Poster/Print/Wall Art Studio Ghibli image 0
Close on the myterious Kaonashi No-Face!

Spirited Away Poster/Print/Wall Art  Studio Ghibli image 1

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Chihiru and Haku woodblock print!
Retro Manga Style Spirited Away in Japanese
Luscious Manga style spirited away

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Striking kaonashi no-face poster
Ghibli meets Van Gogh!
No Text Spirited Away Painting image

Princess Mononoke

もののけ姫

Who said Ghibli can’t get grissly. Posters for Princess Mononoke range from the wild and mildly confronting through to the cutely characatured. Shows how these films mean different things to different people, and work on multiple levels.

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Mysterious muted pallet Mononoke

Bold and wild Mononoke Hime

Bold Print English Mononoke

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Princess Mononoke San Studio Ghibli and Mt Fuji after snow image 0
Mononoke woodcut style print, complete with Mt. Fuji
Princess Mononoke Alternative Movie Poster Minimalist Yakul image 4
Hipster Mononoke!
Ashitaka and Night Walker from Princess Mononoke  Studio image 0
More Woodcut Mononoke!

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Rising sun Mononoke
Dark dark dark Mononoke
Planes of green, gentle Mononoke

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Scary Mononoke on canvas
Harsh nature mononoke
Deep red Mononoke

Kiki's Delivery Service

魔女の宅急便

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Kiki in full flight!

Etsy

Kiki's Delivery Service Minimalist Poster Print Ghibli image 0
Kiki with Japanese title in blue palette
Kiki's Delivery Service Print: Studio Ghibli Poster Jiji image 0
Kiki as a Ukiyo-e woodblock print
Kiki's Delivery Service Movie Canvas Poster Living Room image 2
A painter’s view of Kiki

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Kiki as a postage stamp!
Red Silhouette Kiki
Art print Kiki

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We’ve done a translation and performance of the theme from Laputa Castle in the Sky, along with an analysis of the film here.

If you’re looking to incorporate some of the Japanese style of the homes in Ghibli films you might want to check out article on japanese lights here.

Keep an eye on this page for my Studio Ghibli Posters to come!

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Studio Ghibli Posters

Welcome to our gallery of Studio Ghibli posters! These posters have been put together after scouring the web and online stores for the best selections available.
To make all of this a bit easier to navigate, we’ve searched across outlets and arranged what we’ve found by movie catogories, store. They are also generally arranged from higher end to lower end items.

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Who is behind this site?

I’m Peter Joseph Head. I lived in Japan for four years as a student at Kyoto City University of the Arts doing a Masters Degree, have toured the country six times playing music and speak Japanese (JLPT N1). I’ve written songs in Japanese and have released several albums through Tokyo label Majikick Records.

ピータージョセフヘッドです。4年間京都市立芸大の大学院として日本に住み、6回日本で音楽ツアーをし、日本語能力試験で1級を取得しました。要するに日本好きです。