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Ukiyo-e Exhibition “Hokusai: Mountain Grandeur” Starts @ Sumida Hokusai Museum

Let’s Go Up the Hokusai’s Mountain

Experience the Art Journey to the Ukiyo-e Mountain with an exhibition of woodblock prints!

The Sumida Hokusai Museum presents, “Hokusai:Mountain Grandeur” Start!

Katsushika Hokusai is a world-famous ukiyo-e artist. This exhibition through Hokusai’s depictions of mountains, introduce mountain religions, alpine occupations, legends, and tales of the supernatural, as they examine the ties between people and mountains in Japan!
You can explore Hokusai’s diverse, and fascinating, renderings of mountains!

Term: June 20 – August 27, 2023
First term: June 20 – July 23 / Second term: July 25 – August 27
*Some exhibits will be changed during the exhibition period.
Open: Tuesday – Sunday (Except Tue, Jul 18 ), Mon / holiday, Jul 17.
9:30-17:30(Last admission 17:00)
Closed: Mondays (Except Mon / holiday, Jul 17),Tue, Jul 18.
*If Monday is a national holiday or a substitute holiday, open Monday and closed the following Tuesday.
Organizers: Sumida City, The Sumida Hokusai Museum
Official Exhibition Website: https://hokusai-museum.jp/MountainEN/

See also Who is Katsushika Hokusai? What is so great about ‘Great Wave’?

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Exhibition Highlight

Various mountains all over the country

Mount Fuji

Introduce the many ways Hokusai and his students ingeniously devised to present mountains, from
Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series to works depicting mountains all over the country.

A Mild Breeze on a Fine Day, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji
The Sumida Hokusai Museum(full term)

Japan’s tallest peak has long been worshipped. It has also provided the subject matter for ukiyo-e and other works of art, influencing the arts not only in Japan but also in the West. Its vast cultural significance inspired its being inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2013. This year is the tenth anniversary of granting that recognition to the mountain!

Rainstorm Beneath the Summit, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji
The Sumida Hokusai Museum(full term)

Hokusai and his students addressed mountains of all sorts. Until then, pictures of famous places had been only an obscure subject in ukiyoe. It was Hokusai who elevated them into a major genre, with his many depictions of mountains.

Life in the Mountains

Through many views of life in the mountains by Hokusai and his students, it explores Hokusai’s focus not just on the scenery but on the people.

Minamoto no Muneyuki Ason, from the series One Hundred Poems Explained by a Nurse
The Sumida Hokusai Museum (2nd term)

Mountains and Legends: Weird Mountain Creatures

Mountains were believed to be sacred spaces, spirit worlds or entrances to the spirit world, and mysterious beings were believed to inhabit them. Introduces, legends about mountains and the uncanny creatures living there and the tales featuring those creatures.

Socializing with a Mountain Demon Who Understands Human Speech, from Strange Tales from Hokuetsu, Vol. 4
The Sumida Hokusai Museum (full term)

See also Who is Katsushika Hokusai? What is so great about ‘Great Wave’?

The Sumida Hokusai Museum

ⒸThe Sumida Hokusai Museum | Photos Owashi Yosuke

See also You Must Visit Here If You Love Katsushika Hokusai | The Sumida Hokusai Museum

ⒸThe Sumida Hokusai Museum | Photos Owashi Yosuke

Open:Tuesday – Sunday
    9:30-17:30
(Last admission 17:00)
Colsed:Mondays
(The following day if it is a national holiday)
New Year holidays: December 29 – January 1
Address: 2-7-2 Kamezawa, Sumida-ku,Tokyo,130-0014
Tel: 03-6658-8936
Official website: https://hokusai-museum.jp/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/THE.SUMIDA.HOKUSAI.MUSEUM/

 

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Editor, Writer / Graduated from the Faculty of Literature and Arts at Kinki University. After working for a publishing company, became a freelance writer.

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