From Edo to Tokyo-How Ukiyo-e Survived Until the Meiji Period

Exhibit Period

Saturday, November 29, 2003 – Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Exhibit Times

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

Museum closed

Mondays, and the day following a holiday (except when this falls on a Saturday or Sunday)

Admission Fee

Adults: 500yen High School, College Students: 300yen Elementary, Junior High School Students: 100yen (Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more, the handicapped and the elderly)


The technical skills of ukiyo-e's artists, printers and engravers reached their peak between the end of the Edo Period and the Meiji years. However, with the import of photography and lithography from foreign countries during the Meiji Period, ukiyo-e rapidly went into decline. In the Edo Period, the world of ukiyo-e was undaunted even by the shogunate's enforcements, but in the Meiji Period it was at the mercy of the imported culture of western Europe. Unable to cope with the turmoil of the age, many ukiyo-e artists gave up their careers, but some artists began to appear in completely new fields that made use of their skills, such as mass media illustration and kabuki art.
In this exhibit, we contrast ukiyo-e art from the end of the Edo Period and the Meiji Period, and introduce the many and various fields in which ukiyo-e artists gave full play to their talents, striving to cope however they could with the new age.

Museum Talk

Presented by one of our curators
Saturday, November 29, 2003; from 1:30 p.m
Saturday, December 6, 2003; from 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 20, 2003; from 1:30 p.m.