Scheduled Exhibition The Aoki Collection – The Wishes of Aoki Tosaku –

Utagawa, Hiroshige. "Three Waterfalls in Oji" Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art's possession

Exhibit Period

February 27 (Fri) - April 12 (Sun), 2009

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

March 2 (Mon) , 9 (Mon), 16 (Mon), 23 (Mon), 30 (Mon), April 6 (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 rates for groups of 20 or more visitors * Free admission for visitors age 70 years and over and preschoolers * Half price for visitors with the physical disability certificate, and for one accompanying caregiver


The Aoki Collection was collected from the Taisho period through the early Showa period by Aoki Tosaku, a businessman born in the Hazamada district of Niita Village (now Sakura City) in Tochigi Prefecture. This private collection remained unknown to others for nearly 50 years following his death, until it was donated to Bato-machi (now Nakagawa-machi) in February 1997.

   The Aoki Collection consists first and foremost of ukiyo-e paintings and prints by Utagawa Hiroshige. However, it also includes calligraphy by Soho Tokutomi, a leader in Japanese ideology at that time who had a strong relationship with Tosaku; Western-style paintings by Kawamura Kiyoo; Japanese paintings by Kubota Beisen; and Japanese swords and a broad array of other items. His collection reflects a sentimental longing for old Edo which was lost in the course of its rapid modernization and in large measure is a reflection of Tosaku’s relationships with others.

  This exhibition introduces masterpieces selected from the Aoki Collection. It is our hope that you will gain an understanding of the immense variety of works, and the passion Aoki Tosaku put into his collection.

Museum Talk

Presented by the curator of the museum on March 14, 2009 (Sat).
Start at 1:30 p.m.

Payment of museum admission fee is required.