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Hokusai Updated

Hokusai Updated

In a nutshell

Hokusai of the ubiquitous woodblock wave is treated to a massive exhibition of over 400 works of art. It is termed “updated” because it includes recently rediscovered works and pieces that are shown in Japan for the first time. The viewer comes away with an appreciation of the length of the artist’s career: Hokusai began at 20 and died at 90 and considered his work to be satisfactory starting at the age of 70. While there are prints from his famous series, Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, including Under the Wave off Kanagawa, the exhibition highlights the different periods of the artist’s long career, the many types of artwork (prints, paintings, books, and much more) he created, his innovation and the pursuit of his unique interests, and his desire to share what he learned over the years through the publication of artist manuals.

The venue

Mori Arts Center Gallery is located on the 52F of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower.

English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)

All of the information, the wall text and the handout, is in English. The audio guide is in English and while it is a bit lengthy, it is helpful to hear rather than read the information as the crowd makes it difficult at times to stand and read.


No photos of the artwork. There is one photo spot.

The feels

Seeing the gorgeous drawings and paintings highlights Hokusai’s incredible skill as an artist; seeing the great number of works allows the viewer appreciate his ability to create and improve.


This is a rare opportunity to see this amount of Hokusai’s artwork and learn so much about his life.

How far out?

Located in Roppongi Hills, about a five minute walk from the Roppongi metro station.

How much time?

Over an hour. There is a lot to see and the exhibition is very popular. Go on a weekday or at an off time (such as lunch time) on the weekend..

How much money?

¥1,600 for general admission.

Until when?

March 24, 2019

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

Worth a special trip if you’re a fan of Hokusai.


https://macg.roppongihills.com/en/exhibitions/hokusai/index.html and https://hokusai2019.jp/english.html

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