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Hiroshige “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”

Hiroshige “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”

In a nutshell
If you ever wanted to learn more about Japanese art, ukiyo-e, woodblock prints, or Tokyo (Edo) before the rapid changes of the Meiji period, this is the exhibition to see. Hiroshige is a ukiyo-e master and his series, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, consists of 120 pieces. Many are displayed with maps of their locations in modern Tokyo and showcase Edo’s shrines, temples, river views, seasons, bridges, shops and landscapes. 

The venue
Just off Omotesandō Street in bustling Harajuku, the Ōta Memorial Museum of Art specializes in Japanese paintings and woodblock prints from the 17th to 19th centuries (ukiyo-e). The works are displayed on two floors and there’s a gift shop in the basement. 

Insider tip
Because these works are delicate, the museum changes the works on display every month. The museum will be closed April 27-30 to switch the works on display from Term I to Term II.

English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
The exhibition chapter information and title cards are in English as are many, but not all, of the extended captions describing the works.

No photos allowed in the exhibition. 

The feels
This is an incredible opportunity to see master works. Hiroshige's bold compositions (close ups of ship masts with a view to a harbor, horse legs, two maple branches crossing) influenced artists as famous as Monet and Van Gogh. His technique with color gradation allow gorgeous representations of stormy skies, sunsets, reflections on water and nightscapes.

Anyone who loves Japanese art, art history or the history of Tokyo. 

How far out?
About a 5 minute walk from Exit 5 of the Meiji-jingumae <Harajuku> metro station.

How much time? 
30-45 minutes.

How much money?
¥700 for general admission. 

Until when?
May 27, 2018 (closed April 27-30 to change from Term I to Term II)

Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
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