Hokusai and the Samurai World

  • Special Exhibition
  • Finished

Hokusai and the Samurai World

December 14, 2023(Thu.) - February 25, 2024(Sun.)
Hokusai's Musha-e are depicted with an awareness of expressing the movement of the figures as printings, even when they are wearing armor. This exhibition introduces some of Hokusai's depictions of people, focusing on his Musha-e. Works depicting real historical samurai figures, from ancient times to the Sengoku period ("Warring States period") as well as swords and armor, will be introduced, bringing us closer to the era of samurai who wielded power in Japanese history. *Musha-e is a type of Japanese ukiyo-e. It is one of the genres of ukiyo-e and represents warriors and samurai from Japanese history and mythology.
December 14, 2023 - February 25, 2024
1st term: Dec 14, 2023 - Jan 21, 2024
2nd term: Jan 23, 2024 - Feb 25, 2024
(Except Jan 4, Jan 9, Feb 13)
Mondays (Except Jan 8, Feb 12),
Jan 4, Jan 9, Feb 13,
and Year-end holidays (Dec 29 – Jan 1)
*If Monday is a holiday, open Monday and closed the following Tuesday.
9:30-17:30 (last admission 17:00)
Exhibition room
3rd floor exhibition room,
and 4th floor exhibition room
Sumida City, The Sumida Hokusai Museum

Exhibition Overview 

This exhibition presents works depicting samurai, but not just famous warriors such as Minamoto no Yoritomo and Tokugawa Ieyasu. To Hokusai, who lived the Edo period, samurai were a familiar presence. These samurai also include people who lived, during two and a half centuries of peace, beside Hokusai and his pupils in the city of Edo, samurai as those artists saw them. Works depicting both actual battles and battle scenes as described in tales are also on display.

Exhibition Highlights 

This exhibition also includes works picturing swords, spears, and other battle gear. A Tachi signed NOBUFUSA saku (Important Cultural Property) from the collection of the Japanese Sword Museum will join other artifacts on display. As you compare actual swords with their depictions, enjoy, as you let your imagination run free, Hokusai’s powers of expression.
*Unauthorized reproduction or diversion of work-images is forbidden.*Some exhibits will be changed during the exhibition period.

List of Works


Admission Fees    

65 and over
J.H.S. student
 Visitors with disabilities 
E.S. student
  • Reservations for groups are not being accepted for the time being.
  • 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 at a discount 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 allows you to see AURORA (Permanent Exhibition Room), too.


 Ticket Counter 
 ・Entrance reception on the first floor of the Sumida Hokusai Museum ( from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on days the museum is open.)
 ・Ryogoku Tourist Information Center: https://visit-sumida.jp/spot/6196/
 Advance Tickets
    20% discount on the regular admission fee. *These tickets are limited time sale. 
    Sales Period: Wednesday, September 20 to Wednesday, December 13, 2023
 After the advance tickets purchase period
    Same-day tickets can be obtained in person at the ticket counter on the first floor of the museum on the day of the exhibition.
    No reservations are required to view the exhibition.

Audio Guide 

    500 JPY (tax included)
    Audio guide is available for a fee.
    Enjoy the Special Exhibition “Hokusai and the Samurai World” with your smartphone and earphones.
    *We do not have earphones available for rent, so please bring your own.


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