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Utagawa Hiroshige

Utagawa Hiroshige

In a nutshell

This is the Ota’s second Hiroshige exhibition this year, which marks the 160th anniversary of his death. If you like Japanese woodblock prints, make sure to see this retrospective of Hiroshige’s work. Highlights include pieces from the Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road, Famous Places, and Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji series. There are also prints of beautiful women (bijin-ga), animals and flowers.

The venue

Just off Omotesandō Street in Harajuku, the Ota Memorial Museum of Art specializes in Japanese paintings and woodblock prints from the 17th to 19th centuries (ukiyo-e). Normally the works are displayed on just the two floors but this exhibition includes several pieces in the basement gallery where there’s also a gift shop.

Insider tip

These works of art are delicate: the lighting is low and the museum changes the works on display every month. The museum will be closed September 25-28 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

While the last Hiroshige exhibition focused on One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, this one showcases the artist’s work from all points in his career, including other famous series and collaborations with other artists.


Anyone who loves Japanese woodblock prints and would like to see more Hiroshige.

How far out?

About a 5 minute walk from Exit 5 of the Meiji-jingumae metro station.

How much time?

30-45 minutes.

How much money?

¥1,000 for general admission.

Until when?

October 28, 2018 (closed September 25-28 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

A must if you have time or are in Harajuku.



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