Scheduled Exhibition “False Murasaki and the Rustic Genji – The World of Genji Artwork”

Hana no en, Eight, Imagenji Nishiki-e Awase

Exhibit Period

Friday, January 25 - Sunday, March 3, 2013

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

Mondays (except when Monday is a holiday), and the day following a holiday

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.


“False Murasaki and The Rustic Genji” resets The Tale of Genji in the Muromachi Period. It is the story of the family troubles that entangle Mitsuuji due to his amorous wanderings. Published in 1829, it became an instant best-seller. However, the rumor spread that it was a parody of life in the ladies chambers of then Shogun Tokugawa Ienari, and this was dealt with by banning sales of the work, in its unfinished state, as part of the Tenpo Era Reforms. In spite of this, Ashikaga Mitsuuji’s popularity soared. Even after the ban Genji artwork depicting Mitsuuji continued to be created by many ukiyo-e artists.
 In this exhibit, we showcase Genji artwork, focusing on works by Utagawa Toyokuni III. We think you will enjoy seeing how Mitsuuji’s hairstyles and chic fashions influenced the young people of the time.

Museum Talk

Saturday, January 26, 2013 @ 1:30 p.m. (presented by this museum’s curator)