Upcoming Special Exhibition

  • Exhibition
  • Advance Notice

Edo Livelihoods by Hokusai

April 23, 2019(Tue.) - June 9, 2019(Sun.)
Edo Livelihoods by Hokusai presents works from our collection by Hokusai and his students that depict the many ways people made their living in Edo. Their livelihoods include types of work that are no longer familiar as well others that are the roots of commerce today. Hokusai portrayed people engaged in many kinds of work. Indeed, Hokusai’s brush, which painted a multitude of subjects, vividly communicates how people worked in his day.
This exhibition is organized in six sections by type of livelihood: 1. Harvesting the Blessings of Nature, 2. Making Things, 3. Selling Things, 4. Transporting Things, 5. Giving People Pleasure, and 6. Miscellaneous Livelihoods. The first section introduces fishermen and others whose work consists of harvesting resources from the natural world. The second presents coopers, painters, and other Edo artisans, the third a variety of merchants, including peddlers and booksellers. The fourth section addresses the transport industry, with its express messengers, sedan-chair bearers, and others. Entertainers, including Kabuki actors and street performers, display their skills in the next section. The last section introduces a miscellany, from physicians to wastepaper buyers.
Focusing on everyday work brings the nature of society into view. Understanding what livelihoods are depicted in his work enables Hokusai’s images to speak to us in greater detail about the lifestyles of people in Hokusai’s day. Please enjoy carefully exploring Edo Livelihoods by Hokusai in detail.
We would like to express our profound respect for and gratitude to everyone whose cooperation and support helped make this exhibition possible.

23 April - 9 June
9:30-17:30(Door open 17:00)
Sumida City / the Sumida Hokusai Museum


     Adult     H.S.Univ.Student    65 and over     J.H.S.Students     Disable peoples   
  Invividual     ¥1,000         ¥ 700     ¥700  ¥ 300  ¥ 300
  Group     ¥800          ¥ 560  ¥ 560   ¥240   ¥240

*Group admission applies to 20 or more paying adults.
*Students in elementary school and younger are admitted free of charge
*Junior high, high school, and university students (including technical college, vocational school, and special training college students) will be requested to show student ID.
*Adults 65 and over will be requested to show a document verifying age.
*Persons with a certificate such as the following plus one accompanying person are admitted discount of charge: physical disability, intellectual disability, rehabilitation, mentally handicapped health and welfare, atomic bomb victim health notebook,etc.(Please show your certificate at time of admission.)
*Use of these tickets is limited to the day on which the exhibition is visited, and allow you to see all exhibition room including AURORA (Permanent exhibition room), too