From the Kawanabe Kyosai Memorial Museum Collection: An Exhibition of Works by Meiji Art Genius Kawanabe Kyosai

Exhibit Period

May 29 (Thursday) – June 29 (Sunday), 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)


Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889), who was active as an artist from the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate to the Meiji Period, was better known overseas than he was in his own home country of Japan.
Kyosai entered the ukiyo-e school of Utagawa Kuniyoshi at age seven. When he was ten years old, he studied the Kano style under the tutelage of Maemura Towa, and continued his apprenticeship at the feet of Tohaku Norinobu, the 7th generation leader of the Surugadai Kano style. At age 19 he received designation as an accredited master, and was given one character each from his teacher’s family and given names, adopting the artistic name of Toiku Noriyuki.
Kyosai’s artwork challenged the boundaries of the Kano style as a new genre of art, his individual artistic style lasting beyond the Tokugawa Shogunate and into the Meiji period, marking him as an artist of great caliber.
At the Bato-machi Hiroshige Museum, we introduce famous artists in addition to Hiroshige in order to give our visitors the opportunity to understand the history of Japanese art on a broader scale. In this exhibition, we present the artwork of Kyosai, genius of the Japanese art world, including hand-painted works and color prints.

Museum Talk

Presented by one of our curators
Saturday, May 31, 2003 : from 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 21, 2003 : from 1:30 p.m.


“The Artwork of Kawanabe Kyosai,”

presented by Kawanabe Kusumi, Director of the Kawanabe Kyosai Memorial Museum
Saturday, June 7, 2003; from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.