Children of Edo in Ukiyo-e Art

Exhibit Period

July 3 (Thursday) – August 3 (Sunday), 2003

Exhibit Times

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

Museum closed

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 extent to which children were cherished during the Edo Period is evidenced in such terms as kodakara("child treasure") and phrases like "they are among the gods until age seven." In recent research into Edo culture, we have been surprised to learn of the large number of children depicted in ukiyo-e art. The rich culture of Edo children is not seen in the same variety among children in the rest of the world. In ukiyo-e we see the figures of the children of Edo involved in lively play. There are creativity-fostering toys, and a warm social environment where maternal love overflows.
At this exhibition, we will present a newly discovered genre, the art of children from the Edo period to the Meiji period.

Museum Talk

Presented by one of our curators
Saturday, July 5, 2003; from 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 19, 2003; from 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 26; from 1:30 p.m.