10th Anniversary of the Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art 5th Anniversary of Municipal Consolidation ”The Aoki Collection”

Kawamura Kiyoo Ceremonial Prayers to the God of Water

Exhibit Period

First Half: January 15 (Sat.) - February 27 (Sun.) 2011
Second Half: March 4 (Fri.) - April 17 (Sun.), 2011

Exhibit Times

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

Organized by

Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Artt

Museum closed

January 17, 24, 31 February 7, 14, 21, 28 March 1-3, 7, 14, 22, 28; April 4, 11

Admission Fee

Adults: 500 (450) yen High School, College Students: 300 (270) yen * Fees in parentheses are group rates for 20 or more visitors. * Free admission for visitors 70 years old and older, and children junior high school aged and younger. * Half price for visitors with a disability certificate, and half price for one accompanying caregiver.


The Aoki Collection is comprised of the works collected by the Atsuta Town (now Sakura City, Tochigi Prefecture) businessman Aoki Tosaku (1870-1946) over the course of the Taisho and early Showa eras, and donated to Bato Town (now Nakagawa Town) by surviving family members in February 1997.

Aoki Tosaku took a fancy to art appreciation from his earliest childhood. Over his lifetime, influenced in part by the friendship he struck up with Tokutomi Soho, he collected the works of artists and cultural figures of his day, with ukiyo-e artwork at the core. The 4200 or so donated works can be divided into eight categories: (1) hand-painted art by Utagawa Hiroshige, (2) ukiyo-e woodblock prints, (3) modern Meiji Era woodblock prints focusing on those by Kobayashi Kiyochika, (4) western-style art and other source materials related to Kawamura Kiyoo, (5) Japanese art and other source materials related to Kubota Beisen, (6) source materials, calligraphy boxes, calligraphy and photographs related to Tokutomi Soho, (7) Edo-era printed books, and (8) lacquerware and swords.

In this exhibition, we celebrate the tenth year of the museum's opening by introducing the entire range of the Aoki Collection. Come and see the works that were the focus of Aoki Tosaku's passion.

Museum Talk

Presented by a Hiroshige Museum Curator
First Half: January 15, 2011
Second Half: March 5, 2011
1:30 p.m. (requires payment of admission fee)