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Hi, I’m Yuta. I grew up and live in Yokohama, a port city near Tokyo. I once lived in Kichijoji, located in the western part of Tokyo. I love walking around a street and taking pictures. On my article I introduce attractions mainly of Tokyo with many wonderful pictures. Please enjoy them!

Hokusai exhibition at The Ueno Royal Museum

September 21, 2014

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Quoted from the official website

Now Hokusai exhibition is being held at The Ueno Royal Museum.
Hokusai Katsushika is an internationally renowned ukiyoe artist.
Ukiyoe is a genre of the pictorial arts, which is Japanese woodblock prints established during the Edo period (1603 - 1868).
I love this art so much because of its high expressiveness. For example, the condition of waves being violently rolling is conveyed by "Kanagawa Oki Nami Ura" which is one of the representative works of Hokusai and a picture of big waves.

"Kanagawa Oki Nami Ura" quoted from the official website

I visited to the exhibition yesterday.
I had looked forward to it so much and it was more than I had expected.
So many works by Hokusai were displayed there. The number is about 140 including many works which have hardly been exhibited.
Of course there were lots of the famous works such as "Fugaku Sanjurokkei" (Thirty-six Sceneries of Mt. Fuji).

The Ueno Royal Museum

The entrance

"Shobu ni Koi" quoted from the official website
This is an extremely important work. A swimming carp is represented very well.

"Urashima Ryugu Irinozu" quoted from the official website
This print remain brilliant and colorful.

"Keshi" quoted from the official website
This work conveys the condition of poppy being shaken with the wind.

The exhibition will be held until November 9, 2014.
I recommend you to visit the exhibition if you stay Tokyo for this period.

You are met by a Yokai (Japanese ghost) at the exit.


Name: Hokusai from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Address: The Ueno Royal Museum, 1-2, Ueno Koen, Taito ward, Tokyo
Access: 3 minutes walk from Ueno station (JR lines), 5 minutes walk from Ueno station (Tokyo Metro Ginza line, Hibiya line, Keisei Main line)
Phone: 03-3833-4191
Term: from September 13 to November 9, 2014
Open: 10:00 - 17:00 (10:00 - 20:00 on Friday)
Regular holiday: irregular. closed on 9/16(Tue), 9/29(Mon), 10/6(Mon), 10/14(Tue), 10/20(Mon), 10/27(Mon)
Foreign language: English
Fee: Adults 1500 yen, High school/university student 1,200 yen, Junior high school/elementary school student 500 yen
Credit cards: -
Note: admission until 30 minutes before closing time