March 2016 - April 2017

April 2016
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
January 2017
February
March
April
Scheduled Exhibit
Hiroshige II’s One Hundred Famous Views of the Provinces
April 22 - May 22, 2016
Museum Talk (in Japanese):April 23
Museum Closed:  April 25; May 9, 16
Closed while the exhibit is changed (May 23-26)
Scheduled Exhibit
Ukiyo-e and the Vestiges of Edo
May 27 - June 26, 2016
Museum Talks (in Japanese): May 28
Museum Closed: May 30; June 6, 13, 20
Closed while the exhibit is changed (June 27-July 1)
Scheduled Exhibit
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon - Taiso Yoshitoshi and His Era
First Half:July 2-31, 2016
Second Half:August 5 - September 11, 2016

Museum Talks (in Japanese): July 2 and August 6
Museum Closed: During the Exhibit Change (August 1-4 ),
And July 4, 11, 19, 25; August 8, 22, 29; September 5
Closed while the exhibit is changed (September 12-16)
Autumn Special Exhibit
Ukiyo-e Masterpieces
First Half: September 16 - October 16
Second Half: October 21 - November 27

Museum Talks (in Japanese): September 17, October 22
Museum Closed: During exhibit change (October 17-20),
and September 20, 26; October 3, 11, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21
Closed while the exhibit is changed (November 28 - December 2)
Scheduled Exhibit
The Aoki Collection: Soho and Tosaku
December 3, 2016 - January 15, 2017
Museum Talk (in Japanese): December 3
Museum Closed:  December 5, 12, 19, 26-31; January 1-2, 10
Closed while the exhibit is changed (January 16-19)
Scheduled Exhibit
Enjoying the Tale of Genji through Ukiyo-e - The World of ‘The Rustic Genji’
January 20 - March 5, 2017
Museum Talk(in Japanese):January 21
Museum Closed:  January 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27
Closed while the exhibit is changed (March 6-9)
Scheduled Exhibit
Tokuriki Tomikichiro and Hiroshige’s ‘Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji’
March 10 - April 16, 2017
Museum Talk (in Japanese):March 11
Museum Closed:  March 13, 21, 27; April 3, 10
This schedule may change
Calendar
Exhibition

Scheduled Exhibit
Enjoying The Tale of Genji through Ukiyo-e
The World of The Rustic Genji
Exhibit Period Friday, January 20, 2017 - Sunday, March 5, 2017
Organized by Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art
Exhibit Times 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Last admissions at 4:30 p.m.
Museum closed Mondays (open when Monday is a national holiday), the day following national holidays
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 elementary and junior high school students, and preschoolers
* Half price for visitors with a physical disability certificate, and half price for one accompanying caregiver

Hana no en, eight, Imagenji Nishiki-e Awase
Hana no en, eight, Imagenji Nishiki-e Awase

Overview


 What first comes to the mind of many Japanese when they hear of ‘Genji pictures’ may be the elegant picture scroll depictions of the Heian era novel The Tale of Genji.
 However, the Genji pictures popular with people living in the latter Edo period were those in The Rustic Genji picture books (written by Ryutei Tanehiko and illustrated by Utagawa Kunisada [Toyokuni III]), and the ukiyo-e of scenes depicting Ashikaga Genji, the protagonist of the story.
 The Rustic Genji resets the The Tale of Genji in the Muromachi period as a story intertwining Genji’s amorous wanderings and his family troubles. From the publication of the first edition in 1829 it immediately became a bestseller, and sequels were produced in rapid succession. In response to its popularity, brocade prints of the scenes and characters in the story also began to be created.
 Whether due to rumors that it portrayed the inner palace life of then shogun Tokugawa Ienari, or the excessive opulence depicted in the book, when the Tenpo Reforms were instituted The Rustic Genji was banned before the story could be seen to its end. In spite of this Ashikaga Genji’s popularity did not wane, and Genji pictures continued to be drawn by numerous ukiyo-e artists in the years that followed.
 In this exhibit, we introduce a variety of Genji pictures, focusing on the “Color Print Contest of a Modern Genji” series, the representative Genji picture work of Rustic Genji illustrator Utagawa Toyokuni III. While enjoying this twist on Murasaki Shikibu’s original Tale of Genji story, discover the Genji hairstyles and stylish fashions in the world of the Genji pictures which influenced the youths of the day.


Museum Talk
(in Japanese)

A guided tour of the exhibit in Japanese (requires payment of the below admission fee)
Saturday, January 21, 2017, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Presented by our chief curator.

Scheduled Exhibit
Tokuriki Tomikichiro and Hiroshige’s ‘Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji’
Exhibit Period Friday, March 10 - Sunday, April 16, 2017
Organized by Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art
Exhibit Times 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Last admissions at 4:30 p.m.
Museum closed Mondays (open when Monday is a national holiday), the day following national holidays
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 elementary and junior high school students, and preschoolers
* Half price for visitors with a physical disability certificate, and half price for one accompanying caregiver




Overview


 Aoki Tosaku (1870-1946) was an entrepreneur who ran a fertilizer shop in the center of Tochigi Prefecture. When he read Kokumin no Tomo (The Nation’s Friend) by Tokutomi Soho, who was active as a journalist at the time, it made a deep impression on him, and he visited Soho’s home. Thereafter, Tosaku came to look up to him as his teacher. It was also under Soho’s influence that Tosaku began collecting works of art. This collection spanned a variety of genres, including Utagawa Hiroshige’s hand painted works and ukiyo-e prints, prints by Kobayashi Kiyochika, oil paintings by Kawamura Kiyoo, and Tokutomi Soho’s calligraphy and resource works. Tosaku, who collected and enjoyed artwork as a result of his relationship with Soho, also engaged in the publishing and distribution of books which reproduced the works in his collection. From these activities we glimpse a man who not only appreciated works of art personally, but also wanted many others to get to know them.  In this exhibition, we introduce seasonal works from Tosaku’s collection and the reproductions he published, with an emphasis on those of Spring.  What first comes to the mind of many Japanese when they hear of ‘Genji pictures’ may be the elegant picture scroll depictions of the Heian era novel The Tale of Genji.
 However, the Genji pictures popular with people living in the latter Edo period were those in The Rustic Genji picture books (written by Ryutei Tanehiko and illustrated by Utagawa Kunisada [Toyokuni III]), and the ukiyo-e of scenes depicting Ashikaga Genji, the protagonist of the story.
 The Rustic Genji resets the The Tale of Genji in the Muromachi period as a story intertwining Genji’s amorous wanderings and his family troubles. From the publication of the first edition in 1829 it immediately became a bestseller, and sequels were produced in rapid succession. In response to its popularity, brocade prints of the scenes and characters in the story also began to be created.
 Whether due to rumors that it portrayed the inner palace life of then shogun Tokugawa Ienari, or the excessive opulence depicted in the book, when the Tenpo Reforms were instituted The Rustic Genji was banned before the story could be seen to its end. In spite of this Ashikaga Genji’s popularity did not wane, and Genji pictures continued to be drawn by numerous ukiyo-e artists in the years that followed.
 In this exhibit, we introduce a variety of Genji pictures, focusing on the “Color Print Contest of a Modern Genji” series, the representative Genji picture work of Rustic Genji illustrator Utagawa Toyokuni III. While enjoying this twist on Murasaki Shikibu’s original Tale of Genji story, discover the Genji hairstyles and stylish fashions in the world of the Genji pictures which influenced the youths of the day.


Museum Talk
(in Japanese)

A guided tour of the exhibit in Japanese (requires payment of the below admission fee)
Saturday, January 21, 2017, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Presented by our chief curator.

Past Exhibitions

For more information, please contact:
Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art
116-9 Bato, Nakagawa-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi-ken 324-0613 JAPAN
Phone: 0287-92-1199 (Japanese language inquiries)
Fax: 0287-92-7177 (English & Japanese language inquiries)