Themed Exhibit: ‘The Tale of Genji in Ukiyo-e!’

‘The Color Print Contest of a Modern Genji: Niounomiya, chapter 42,’ by Utagawa Toyokuni III

Exhibit Period

Friday, January 14 – Sunday, February 13, 2022

Exhibit Times

9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(last admissions at 4:30 p.m.)

Museum closed

January 17, 24, 31; February 7

Admission Fee

Adults: 700 (630) yen High School, College Students: 400 (360) yen * Fees in parentheses are group rates for 20 or more visitors * Free admission for elementary and junior high school students, and preschoolers * Half price for visitors with a physical disability certificate, and half price for one accompanying caregiver


The classic work ‘The Tale of Genji’ has been read from generation to generation over the past thousand years. In the Edo Period, Ryutei Tanehiko adapted of The Tale of Genji into a picture book called ‘The Rustic Genji,’ attracting more people to the work. In this exhibit, we introduce the world of the Tale of Genji as imagined in ukiyo-e art, centering on ‘The Color Print Contest of a Modern Genji’ by Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), who worked on the fabric prints for The Rustic Genji.