Scheduled Exhibition The Aoki Collection: The Last Ukiyo-e Artist, Kobayashi Kiyochika

Exhibit Period

Friday, January 24 - Sunday, March 2, 2014

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 Art

Museum closed

March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7

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 aged over 70 years, elementary and junior high school students, and preschoolers * Half price for visitors with a physical disability certificate, and half price for one accompanying caregiver


The Aoki Collection is comprised of the works collected by the Tochigi Prefecture Atsuta Village (now Sakura City) Hasamata district entrepreneur Aoki Tosaku (1870-1946) over the course of the Taisho and early Showa eras. The collection of over 4000 works were donated to Bato Town (now Nakagawa Town) by surviving family members in February 1997 on the 50th anniversary of Tosaku’s death.
 Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915) was born the child of a direct retainer of the Shogun in the latter days of Edo Period. At age 15, having just succeeded to the family, he was caught up in the storm surrounding the Meiji Restoration, and lived through difficult times when he and other vassals had to leave the capital and live in Shizuoka. However, on the side he polished his artistic technique, and in the post-storm Meiji Era, was active as an ukiyo-e artist. The play of light and shadow in his signature “light ray pictures,” as well his landscapes, figure pictures and paintings, all testify to his artistic versatility. Aoki collected landscape pictures, which he fancied, but he also assembled a broad array of Kobayashi Kiyochika’s works, from woodblock prints to paintings.
 This exhibit of works from our museum’s collection introduces Kobayashi Kiyochika, active during the demise of the ukiyo-e art world, and called “The Last Ukiyo-e Artist.”

Museum Talk

Presented by a Hiroshige Museum Curator
Saturday, March 8, 2014
1:30 p.m. (requires payment of admission fee)

Museum Talk icommentary on the exhibited works

Presented by a Hiroshige Museum Curator
Saturday, January 25, 2014
1:30 p.m. (requires payment of admission fee)