Plants and Flowers in Ukiyo-e Flowering Plants Seen in the Ukiyo-e of the Aoki Collection

Exhibit Period

Wednsday, March 14 –Sunday, April 15, 2018

Exhibit Times

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

Museum closed

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


Plants are a ubiquitous presence in our human lives, whether in our gardens, as decorations, or in our food, clothing and shelter. Plants are also essential to seasonal celebrations and enjoyments such as eating the seven herbs of Spring (nanakusa) and viewing the cherry blossoms (hanami). Considering this close connection between humans and plants now, it is only natural that artists depicted plants in their ukiyo-e. Was this connection any different in the Edo and Meiji periods when ukiyo-e was being produced? By examining the famous places artwork, figure prints, and woodblock-printed books in the Aoki Collection, this exhibition introduces the culture and history of the plants which have taken root in our daily lives.

Museum Talk

A guided tour of the exhibit in Japanese (requires payment of the below admission fee)
Saturday, March 17, 2018, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Presented by our curator.