Scheduled Exhibition Fifty Three Stations of the Tokaido – Hiroshige vs. Kunisada

Exhibit Period

Part 1: 21 July 2006 (Fri.) - 20 August 2006 (Sun.)
Part 2: 24 August 2006 (Thursday) - 24 September 2006 (Sun.)

Exhibit Times

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

Museum closed

9:30am - 5:00pm (last admissions 4:30pm)

Admission Fee

Adult ----------------------------------500yen (450yen) High school/university student----------300 yen(270yen) Middle/elementary school student ------100yen (90yen) Senior Citizens (age 70 or above) ------FREE Registered disabled persons + 1 companion HALF PRICE----------1/2 price *( ) brackets indicate group rates for parties of 20 or more.


Something about that picture gives you a feeling of déjà vu? Indeed it should!

When Utagawa Kunisada drew his Fifty Three Stations of the Tokaido, he borrowed background designs from Utagawa Hiroshige's seminal work of the same title. In all, only forty two designs were sampled (the stages from Nihon-bashi to Narumi-shuku, plus Yokkaichi-shuku) but the fact itself is a clue that sheds much light on the mystery-shrouded publishing background of Hiroshige's series.

This exhibition in two parts presents both series entitled Fifty Three Stations Of The Tokaido - Hiroshige's from the museum's own collection, and Kunisada's from the Kinbasha collection.

A fresh look at the two series', side by side, brings into focus the intentions of each artist, and at the same time offers a glimpse of the power relationship between Hiroshige and Kunisada in the ukiyo-e world of that period.

This exhibition is a rare opportunity to compare these two classic series directly - a chance not to be missed!

Museum Talk

(guided tours of the exhibition by one of our curators; Japanese language only)
Dates: Saturdays 22 July, 5 August, 26 August, 9 September 2006
Times: 1:30pm start
Admission: regular admission ticket (see above for rates)