Special Exhibition The Aoki Collection

Exhibit Period

Saturday, January 16 - Sunday, February 28, 2016

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

Mondays (except when Monday is 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 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


Aoki Tosaku (1870-1946) was the third son born to Aoki Rokuryo and his wife Yoshi of Shioya County in Tochigi Prefecture. Deeply impressed by the magazine Kokumin no Tomo (The People’s Friend) published by Tokutomi Soho, in 1888 Tosaku visited Soho’s home in Tokyo where he met Soho, received such teachings as, “Let your ideals be high, your life humble,” and thereafter became Soho’s faithful follower. Their relationship continued until Tosaku’s death in 1946. Tosaku’s collection of works was strongly influenced by Soho, and is highly diversified. With Utagawa Hi-roshige and related ukiyo-e at the core, Tosaku collected the works of Kawamura Kiyoo, Kubota Beisen, locally born Arai Hirokata and Kobori Tomone.  At this exhibition, we have selected the hand-painted works of Utagawa Hiroshige and the master-pieces from the calligraphy and artwork of Kawamura Kiyoo, presenting but a portion of the art-work Aoki Tosaku collected.

Museum Talk

Saturday, January 16, from 1:30 p.m., presented by a Bato Hiroshige Museum curator.