Fifth Anniversary Special Exhibition: The Works of Hiroshige

Exhibit Period

First Half: Fri 23 Sep 2005 - Sun 23 Oct 2005
Second Half: Thu 27 Oct 2005 - Sun 27 Nov 2005

Exhibit Times

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

Museum closed

Every Monday (except 10 Oct) Tue 11 Oct Between exhibitions(Mon 24 - Wed 26 Oct)

Admission Fee

Adult------------------------------800yen High School/University Student-----500yen Elementary/Middle School Student-150yen Over 70s and pre-school children---Free * 10% discount for groups of 20 or more. * 50% discount for registered persons with a disability + one companion


Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) was a prolific woodblock print master who lived during the closing years of the of Japan’s feudal age. A restless traveler, he is best known for his breathtaking landscapes and colourful depictions of life on the road, and has attracted many admirers both at home and abroad alike.

This exhibition presents highlights of Hiroshige’s career chronologically, from his early career, his experimental stage, and his discovery and then perfection of landscape painting style, to the last years of his life. A man of diverse artistic talents, his work encompassed almost every contemporary genre, which this exhibition introduces under such thematic headings as “comic cartoons”, “woodblock-printed books”, “brush paintings”, and “portraits of pretty girls”.

In nineteenth century Edo where Hiroshige lived, a sophisticated urban culture had emerged, supported by the most brilliant and refined aesthetic sense. This was the culture from which today’s Japan was born. In commemoration of its fifth anniversary, the Bato-Machi Hiroshige Museum invites you to experience life in old Japan through some of the greatest works of its most distinguished artist, Utagawa Hiroshige.

Museum Talk

Presented by our curator - Japanese only
First half: Sat.24 Sep, Sat.8 Oct, Sat.22 Oct
Second half: Sat.29 Oct, Sat.12 Nov, Sat.26 Nov
Start: 1:30pm