Upcoming Special Exhibition

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Hokusai at Play with the 100 Poems

December 15, 2022(Thu.) - February 26, 2023(Sun.)
This exhibition focuses on Hokusai’s One Hundred Poems Explained by a Nurse, joined by a wide range of other works of art related to One Hundred Poets, One Hundred Poems, in introducing that anthology. We hope you will enjoy these works, in which the powers of One Hundred Poets, One Hundred Poems and of Hokusai cross-fertilize and multiply.
Term
December 15, 2022 - February 26, 2023
1st term: Dec 15, 2022 - Jan 22, ,2023
2nd term: Jan 24, 2023 - Feb 26, 2023
Open
Tuesday - Sunday
9:30-17:30 (last admission 17:00)
Closed
Mondays
New Year holidays: December 29 - January 1
*Open: Mon,Jan 2 / Tue,Jan 3 / Mon,Jan 9, 2023
*Closed: Wed,Jan 4 / Tue,Jan 10, 2023
Organizers
Sumida City, The Sumida Hokusai Museum

Exhibition Overview 

One Hundred Poets, One Hundred Poems, an anthology of waka poems complied in the thirteenth century, had become a standard part of general education by the mid-Edo period. Moreover, those waka share the same format as the satirical kyōka poems then popular and also share their use of parodies and analogies; those similarities helped the anthology gain even greater presence in that period. That social context inspired the idea of creating pictorial explanations of the poems in a way that anyone could understand. The result was Hokusai’s One Hundred Poems Explained by a Nurse, his last series in the ōban nishiki-e format. Hokusai, expressing his unique worldview, had included his own ideas in these prints as well as the usual traditions about the poems and poets and the conventional images associated with them.

Exhibition Composition 

Introduction | Establishment of One Hundred Poets, One Hundred Poems
Section 1 | The Popularization of One Hundred Poets, One Hundred Poems
                       As educational materials
                       As a card game
Section 2 | The Development of One Hundred Poets, One Hundred Poems
                       At play with poems and poets
                       Following One Hundred Poets, One Hundred Poems format
Section 3 | One Hundred Poets, One Hundred Poems, depicted
                       Hokusai’s last major series, One Hundred Poems Explained by a Nurse
                       Poets Imagined

Exhibition Highlights

▶ Hokusai’s One Hundred Poems Explained by a Nurse, his last series in the ōban nishiki-e format.
The Sumida Hokusai Museum's collection of One Hundred Poems Explained by a Nurse series will be exhibited with twenty-three paintings in the first and second halves of this exhibition. Around 1835, plans were made for a series of prints, One Hundred Poems Explained by a Nurse. In what became Hokusai’s last series in the ōban nishiki-e format, twenty-seven prints were published. The difficulty of interpreting the pictures Hokusai created for the series, among other reasons, led to only twenty-seven of the planned one hundred prints being published.
 
Katsushika Hokusai, Ono no Komachi, from the series One Hundred Poems Explained by a Nurse, The Sumida Hokusai Museum (1st term)
 
Katsushika Hokusai, Ariwara no Narihira, from the series One Hundred Poems Explained by a Nurse, The Sumida Hokusai Museum (2nd term)
 

Admission Fees     

 
Individual
Adults
1,000
H.S./Univ.Student
700
65 and over
700
J.H.S. student
300
Disabled people
300
E.S. student
Free
  • Not available for advance tickets and group discounts.
  • 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) and Exhibition Plus Room, too.
 

Access

Access Map...here
 
▶ Train
 ・5-minute walk from Toei Oedo Line Ryogoku Station A3 exit.
 ・9-minute walk from JR Sobu Line Ryogoku Station East exit. 
 
▶ Bus
 ・5-minute by Sumida Loop Bus from the JR Sobu Line Kinshicho Station North exit.
  Get off at the “The Sumida Hokusai Museum (Tsugaruke kamiyasiki ato) Stop”. 
 
     
 
     
 

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