Don’t miss the Hokusai masterpieces, on display for a limited-time!

Do you know the ukiyo-e artist, Katsushika Hokusai?
His enticing life and diverse artwork, spanning over 70 years, are recognized more than ever before, even 160 years after his death.
Today, he takes the spotlight as one of the world’s greatest acclaimed artists.
Hokusai had a profound influence on European artists including, Vincent van Gogh and Edgar Degas, and continues to gain international acclaim to this day.
In 1960, he was honored by the Congress of the World Peace Council in Vienna for his contribution to the promotion of culture worldwide.
In 1999, he was the only Japanese person given a place in Life Magazine’s, 100 Most Important Events and People of the Past 1,000 Years.
To my joy, the Sumida Hokusai Museum opened in the Sumida Ward on November 22, 2016.
I’d like to introduce you to the Sumida Hokusai Museum!

2017-04-21   Destinations, Travel Destinations, Tokyo,


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Explore Hokusai paintings and history with high-tech panels

The Exhibition is being held on the third and fourth floors in the museum.
First, you’ll go to a permanent exhibition room on the fourth floor!
You can find a replica of Susanoo no Mikoto Yakujin Taiji no Zu (須佐之男命厄神退治之図) reconstructed from a black-and-white photo.

The Susanoo no Mikoto Yakujin Taiji no Zu (須佐之男命厄神退治之図)
The Susanoo no Mikoto Yakujin Taiji no Zu (須佐之男命厄神退治之図)

The permanent exhibition shows major works from each time period along with their episodes, allowing you to imagine how Hokusai lived his life.
You also can use various high-tech audio-visual materials.
You will learn how woodblock prints were produced and you can play with some touch-screen panels that illustrate various angles of Hokusai’s works. Another display lets you choose different classic patterns to decorate the inner and outer layers of a woman’s kimono.

You can see the detail of the work on a touch-screen panel
You can see the detail of the work on a touch-screen panel

You can’t miss the immortal works at the planned exhibition!

Next, let’s appreciate the special exhibition!
The exhibition, Hokusai Returns – A Long Lost Picture Scroll and Masterpieces from the Collection, displays 120 examples of Hokusai’s masterpieces until January 15th, 2017.
Specially featured work is the 7-meter-long Landscape Scroll of Scenery at Both Banks of the Sumida River(墨田川両岸景色図巻), which was missing for 100 years after being taken abroad.
Some works were returned to Japan, so the museum director named this exhibition Hokusai Returns.

It is a valuable chance to appreciate a limited-time display of ukiyo-e!
It is a valuable chance to appreciate a limited-time display of ukiyo-e!

The Sumidagawa Ryogan Keshiki Zukan is being shown for the first time in Japan.
The Sumidagawa Ryogan Keshiki Zukan is being shown for the first time in Japan.

The Sumidagawa Ryogan Keshiki Zukan is the longest work in Hokusai’s ukiyo-e.
It is being displayed for the first time in Japan.
The picture scroll depicts the landscape along the Sumida River and the nearby Yoshiwara red-light district.
I was impressed with the detailed work of Hokusai.
I think nobody can imitate his delicate and dynamic style of painting.
Don’t miss this valuable chance!

The Sumidagawa Ryogan Keshiki Zukan(墨田川両岸景色図巻)
The Sumidagawa Ryogan Keshiki Zukan(墨田川両岸景色図巻)

The evolving artist, Katsushika Hokusai

Most of Hokusai’s famous works were produced after he reached 60 years old.
I knew about some of the popular ukiyo-e at this museum.
I didn’t know that he drew a lot of different types of ukiyo-e, and I saw a lot of his work for the first time.
I’m sure you will be delighted to see all the work!

The Onikojima Yataro and Saiboin Akabozu, from an untitled series of warriors in combat (鬼児島弥太郎 西法院赤坊主)/The Falcon and Cherry Blossoms(桜花に鷹)
The Onikojima Yataro and Saiboin Akabozu, from an untitled series of warriors in combat (鬼児島弥太郎 西法院赤坊主)/The Falcon and Cherry Blossoms(桜花に鷹)

Hokusai was born in present Sumida Ward in Tokyo. Even though it says that he has moved more than 90 times during his 90 years of life, Hokusai spent most of his time in Sumida Ward.
He left about 30,000 works that he had created. He depicted the landscapes of Sumida.
To my surprise, Hokusai changed his name on his pictures over 30 times during his life!

The Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji(富嶽三十六景) is one of his world-wide masterpieces.
People don’t know this but, there are actually 46 prints showing Mount Fuji in different seasons and weather conditions.
After that, he created One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji(富嶽百景), which is generally considered the masterpiece among his landscape picture books.

A Mild Breeze on a Fine Day, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji(富嶽三十六景 凱風快晴)
A Mild Breeze on a Fine Day, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji(富嶽三十六景 凱風快晴)

I can hardly wait for a new exhibition!

The museum currently has more than 1,800 works in its collection that consists of legacy pieces from leading ukiyo-e art history specialist Narasaki Muneshige, and artwork formerly owned by collector Peter Morse.
The museum will have a new exhibition of Narasaki Muneshige and Peter Morse’s collection from February 4, 2017 to March 26, 2017!
I can hardly wait to see it!

Peonies and Butterfly (牡丹に胡蝶)
Peonies and Butterfly (牡丹に胡蝶)

A stylish museum designed by Kazuyo Sejima

The Design concept for the museum is that it’ll open in the town to provide a familiar location for local residents.
The building structure has been sealed in consideration for the storage and exhibit of ukiyo-e. It is possible to see the inside through crevasses, provided for the local people.
The crevasses in the overall structure represent an approach to the first-floor area, where they are connected to outside walkways.
A sense of having a front and a back has been avoided to enable access from all points in the surrounding area.

The museum is built in front of a nature park
The museum is built in front of a nature park

The outside walls of the structure are made from aluminum panels.
This means that the outer walls gently reflect scenes of the downtown area and allow the building to blend into the general panorama of the surrounding town.

The first floor has a conference room, a library, and a museum shop.
The museum shop provides various merchandise including some original items, and you can visit without an admission ticket.
You can read books about ukiyo-e and Hokusai in several languages at library.
Why don’t you go to the library and deepen your knowledge about Hokusai?

You can find various merchandise on Hokusai works.
You can find various merchandise on Hokusai works.

The Sumida Hokusai Museum is involved in a wide range of ventures in order to create a museum that overflows with attractions and depicts the respect and admiration by both local people, and people of the world.
The museum will become a learning opportunity for the next generation of children.

The Sumida Hokusai museum Facebook (Japanese text only)
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Information

Address 2-7-2 Kamezawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Hours 9:30 am - 5:30 pm (Entrance gate closes 30 minutes before the closing time)
Price 【Permanent exhibits】
●Adults: 400 yen (Group fee: 320 yen)
●High school, university, and vocational school students and seniors (age 65 and above): 300 yen (Group Fee: 240 yen/person)
*Students must present their student ID. Seniors must present a document that proves their age (e.g.: health insurance card or driver’s license). Please buy admission tickets at the ticket booth on the ground floor.
*Pre-schoolers, elementary school and middle school students are admission free.

【Special exhibits】
The admission fee varies by exhibition. Please see the webpage of each exhibition for details.
Close Mondays (on the following day if it falls on a national holiday or a compensatory holiday),
Year-end holidays (Dec. 29, 2016 – January 1, 2017)
The museum may also close on a temporary basis.
Access ●5-minute walk from Toei Oedo Line Ryogoku Station A3 exit
●9-minute walk from JR Sobu Line Ryogoku Station East exit
Phone .
Website http://hokusai-museum.jp/?lang=en