Nakagawa Town Merger Special Commemorative Exhibition Chikara Of The Common People Of Edo!! -Suntory Museum Of Art- -Ukiyo-e and the Art of Daily Life-

Exhibit Period

27th April (Thu.) - 4th June (Sun.) 2006
(Note: The display will change midway through.)

Exhibit Times

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

Museum closed

Every Monday (except 5/1), and when displays are changing (5/16, 17)

Admission Fee

Adult ----------------------------------800yen (720yen) High school/university student----------500 yen(450yen) Middle/elementary school student ------150yen (135yen) - Brackets indicate group rates for parties of 20 or more. - People of age 70 or over may enter free of charge; people with a "disability certificate" (shōgaisha techō) and one companion may enter half price.


On 1st October 2005, the towns of Ogawa and Bato merged and the town of Nakagawa was born. Commemorating this new beginning, the Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum Of Art is hosting a special commemorative exhibition entitled "Chikara(“Power”) Of The Common People Of Edo!! Suntory Museum Of Art; Ukiyo-e and the Art of Daily Life".

Since its foundation in 1961, the Suntory Museum Of Art has worked vigorously at the forefront of a campaign to promote the cultural works of Japan. Yet the stage is set for even greater things to come, following the museum's ambitious move from Akasaka Mitsuke - its home of more than 40 years - to a new location in Roppongi in spring 2007. The architect of the museum's new venue is none other than Kuma Kengo, the very man who built our own splendid facility here in what is now Nakagawa. Through this karmic connection we now have the opportunity to display, in our own exhibition space built by the same Mr Kuma, some famous works from the Suntory Museum Of Art's collection.

The Suntory Museum Of Art takes "beauty in the midst of daily life" as its theme. Genre art depicting the manners and customs of the present day forms one of the collection's principal nuclei. Ukiyo "the floating world" (i.e. the transient world of illusion and sensory desires in which we mortals live) is also a part of this genre - in its broadest sense. These works magnificently illustrate the overflowing chikara of the nameless commoners who lived out the reality of daily life that period in history. Why not come along and grab an eyeful of the culture and vital energy of the common people, which flowered during the Edo period?

Related Events

“Museum Talk” from one of our curators (explanation of exhibits)
-Japanese only
29th April (Sat.), 13th May (Sat.), 27th May (Sat.);
all talks begin at 1:30pm

Enquiries: Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum
324-0613 Tochigi-ken, Nasu-gun, Nakagawa-machi, Batō 116-9
Tel. 0287-92-1199
Fax 0287-92-7177