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歌舞・音曲の世界 Song and Dance – The World of Music




Although ancient kagura (sacred music and dance) was the starting point for ongyoku (Japanese song and dance accompanied by shamisen music), it was still only accompanied by drum and flute.  Later, with the appearance of Zeami (1363? – 1443?), of the Muromachi Period, the essence of theatre was added.  In the Eiroku Period (1550s), the shamisen joined the mix, and the dramatic development of joururi (Japanese ballad drama) and kabuki was thus achieved
















Bijin-ga (portraiture of beautiful women) is the oldest subject of ukiyo-e, which portrayed the ideal female image according to the time period.Among this artwork, in the middle of the Edo Period, a genius of bijin-ga, Kitagawa Utamaro, captured the characteristics and circumstances of women. Also, from the end of the Edo Period until modern times, at the same time that the shin-hanga (new type of woodblock print) movement was starting, a new modern and lively bijin-ga was born, inheriting traditional skill and beauty.






当時にしては珍しく90歳もの長命を保ち、大往生を遂げる時の言葉は 「天が後10年、せめて5年の命を下されたなら、私は真正の画工となれるであろう」 だったといわれ、さらなる高みを目指した姿が窺えます。まさに、描くことに人生を賭けた奇才、北斎の画業をたどります。

※期間限定展示について 百物語(全5点)は8月のみの展示となります。富嶽三十六景は1か月ごとに展示替えを行います。富嶽三十六景の内「山下白雨(黒富士)」は7月「神奈川沖浪裏(大浪)」は8月「凱風快晴(赤富士)」は9月の限定展示です。

This time, we present Katsushika Hokusai, drawing all things in nature.  He published over 30,000 works in his lifetime, and has influenced renowned artists around the world.

During his career, Hokusai changed his names about 30 times and reportedly moved house 93 times.

Also, he really came into his own as a painter more and more after reaching the age of 70.  It seems that at the age of 80 he lamented his poor ability to his pupils.

At the time it was rare to live to the age of 90, and dying a peaceful death, it is said that his last words were, “If only Heaven will give me just another ten years… Just another five more years, then I could become a real painter.”  This implies that he was yet aiming for further heights.

He was simply a genius that gave his life to art.  We will follow Hokusai’s artwork in this exhibit.









The Utagawa School, starting with Toyoharu, was established by Toyokuni Ⅰ.  Following the Bunka Era (1804 – 1817), there were more pictures of actors than there were of beauties, and these people were referred to as portrait artists.  Of the pupils of this school, the masters were Kunimasa, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.  It is said that Kunimasa surpassed his master, ToyokuniⅠ, in close-up portraits of beautiful women.

To keep Toyokuni alive, Kunisada, who didn’t have the name “Toyokuni”, being called “Gototei”, was later given the name “Toyokuni III”.  He drew pictures of actors and Edo attractions.

This time, we exhibit a collection of “The Proud Edo”.  There are all sorts of pictures of  flower-viewing in Edo, places with various Edo bridges, life in the backstages of actors, sight-seeing, and things like the red-light district of Yoshiwara.

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 役者の楽屋 左国貞 役者の楽屋国貞 役者の楽屋右



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The Special Exhibition introduces Utagawa school-the most prolific school of ukiyo-e artists from the late Edo to Meiji period.
The founder of the school, Utagawa Toyoharu produced prints of beautiful women and actor portraits, but he became particularly famous for landscapes depicted in the western perspective pictures. The prosperity of the Utagawa school was established by his followers ToyokuniⅠand Toyohiro.
Toyokuni caught the atmosphere of the time and successfully created a new, eclectic style in prints of beautiful women and actors in which balance and harmony were important. Toyohiro helped the development of the landscape print, which influenced his pupil Hiroshige. This school was so popular that it attracted many disciples.
The Permanent Exhibition introduces the “Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido”, by five different publishers. This time we feature Okabe, Fujieda and Shimada.
Please enjoy the attractive ukiyo-e world.

豊広 女鷹匠豊国Ⅰ 猫の介科豊国Ⅰ 八百蔵

豊国Ⅰ 地頭七福神豊国Ⅰ 地頭七福神豊国Ⅰ 地頭七福神

豊春 玉取り豊春 合戦