Hokusai’s Historiographics: Japan Through the Ages ‐How Did He Depict Them?‐

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Hokusai’s Historiographics: Japan Through the Ages ‐How Did He Depict Them?‐

December 21, 2021(Tue.) - February 27, 2022(Sun.)
“How Did He Depict Them?”
You can have enjoyed Japanese history through the eyes of Hokusai in the Sumida Hokusai Museum.
December 21st (Tue), 2021- February 27th (Sun), 2022
 1 term: December 21st (Tue), 2021- January 23th (Sun), 2022
 2 term: January 25th (Tue)- February 27th (Sun), 2022
9:30-17:30 (last admission 17:00)
Every Monday
Or the following day if it is a national holiday.
New Year holidays (December 29th - January 1st)
* Open: January 2nd (Sun), January 3rd (Mon), January 10th (Mon/holiday)
* Close: January 4th (Tue), January 11th (Tue)
Sumida City, The Sumida Hokusai Museum

Exhibition Overview 

Japan’s history is the focus of this exhibition, explored through works depicting historical figures and events by Katsushika Hokusai, his students, and others. The main body of work concerns people and events taught, in Japan, in Japanese history class in high school, presented from the points of view that prevailed in those artists’ lifetimes. The exhibition begins with the Age of Myth and continues through the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1568-1600) and then to the Edo period (1603-1867), in which Hokusai lived. These works depicting historic phenomena also include polychrome prints by his students from the Meiji period (1868-1912). Murasaki Shikibu, Takeda Shingen—if you’ve heard a name with something to do with Japanese history, expect to see that person in these works. As you compare these depictions of historic figures with your images of them today, enjoy the experience of drawing closer to Hokusai’s world.  

Exhibition Highlights “ How Did He Depict Them?”


List of Works

Exhibition Composition 

  • The Age of Myth
  • Kofun and Asuka Periods, Mid 3rd century –  c. 645
  • Nara Period,  710 – 784
  • Heian Period, 794 – c. 1185
  • Kamakura Period, Late 12th century – 1333
  • Muromachi Period, 1336 – 1573
  • Azuchi-Momoyama Period, 1568 – c. 1600
  • Edo Period, 1603 – 1867
  • Meiji Period, 1867 – 1912

Admission Fees

  • 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 (the Permanent Exhibition Room) and Exhibition Plus Room, too.


       Access Map, here
            5-minute walk from Toei Oedo Line Ryogoku Station A3 exit.
            9-minute walk from JR Sobu Line Ryogoku Station East exit.
            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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