Scheduled Exhibition Ukiyo-e of Animals – Funny Animals, Fierce Animals, and the Soothing Power of Pets

Utagawa Yoshifuji New Prints: Two sides of Many Cats Personal Collection

Exhibit Period

August 6 (Thur)-September 13 (Sun)

Exhibit Times

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

Organized by

The Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art

Museum closed

August 10 (Mon), 17 (Mon), 24 (Mon), 31 (Mon), September 7 (Mon)

Admission Fee

Adults 500 (450) yen; High School, College Students: 300 (270) yen; Elementary, Junior High School Students: 100 (90) yen * Fees in parentheses are group rates for 20 or more visitors * Free admission for visitors aged over 70 years and preschoolers * Half price for visitors with a physical disability certificate, and half price for one accompanying caregiver


Cats, dogs, rabbits and goldfish... these are but a few of the animals depicted in cute and humorous ukiyo-e prints and paintings made in the Edo and Meiji eras.
 In “omocha-e”, the toy prints of ukiyo-e, personified animals make an appearance. They eat eel, get into fights, and cause mischief just like humans. Look carefully, and you will even see animals who keep pets. It’s an invitation to laugh.
 Japanese people of the time were curious about and longed to see animals from foreign countries. Ukiyo-e artists drew these animals from their imagination, so their depictions are sometimes far from what the animals really look like.
This exhibition explores the lives and the attitudes toward animals of people in the Edo and Meiji eras through ukiyo-e prints and paintings, as well as through Japanese-style painting and print masterpieces by Nagasawa Rosetsu and Mori Sosen. There is a world filled with a sense of healing and curiosity, and we think you will enjoy it

Museum Talk

Presented by a curator of the museum on August 8 (Sat), 2009.
Start at 1:30 p.m.
Payment of museum admission fee is required.