Hokusai and the gourmets of Great Edo

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Hokusai and the gourmets of Great Edo

November 20, 2018(Tue.) - January 20, 2019(Sun.)
Our Hokusai and the Gourmets of Great Edo exhibition is being held just five years after Washoku, the traditional dietary culture of the Japanese, was recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. The act of eating can be seen as a biological necessity for sustaining life. As a cultural activity, however, the nature of eating, of food and cuisine, reveals the distinctive qualities of each society. For Washoku, those characteristics include respecting the flavors intrinsic to ingredients and valuing seasonal differences. Japan’s food culture is, as its UNESCO status signifies, attracting intense interest from throughout the world.
The roots of that Washoku culture line in the Edo period. During two and a half centuries of peace, agriculture and fishing made great strides, the economy grew and became more complex, and, thanks to socio-economic advancement, people achieved a level of affluence that enabled them to enjoy dining as a source of pleasure. The Edo gourmet was born. Even Katsushika Hokusai, who was dedicatedly focused on his art throughout his long life, is known to have enjoyed eating sweets. Hokusai also created lively depictions of foods in Edo and of people enjoying eating them.
The exhibition is organized, in fact, with the flow of food, from farm and ocean to table, in mind. We hope you’ll enjoy every morsel of this Great Edo gourmet experience.  Bon appetit!
20 November(Tue)2018~20 January(Sun)2019
9:30-17:30(last admission 17:00)
Every Monday, The year-end and New Year holidays
(Sat 29 Dec – Mon 31, Tue 1 Jan 2019)
Open: Mon 24 Dec, 14 Jan 2019, Closed: Tue 25 Dec, Tue 15 Jan 2019
Sumida City, the Sumida Hokusai Museum




   University students 

  65 and over     J.H.S.     Disabled peoples   
  Individual     1,000 yen               700 yen      700 yen   300 yen            300 yen
  Group      800 yen                560 yen    560 yen   240 yen            240 yen

*Group admission applies to 20 and 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 free 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 see AURORA (Permanent exhibition room), too.