Hokusai Presents a Riot of Demons

  • Special Exhibition
  • Finished

Hokusai Presents a Riot of Demons

June 21, 2022(Tue.) - August 28, 2022(Sun.)
This exhibition introduces demon-related works from the popular A Hundred Tales series of polychrome prints, illustrated block-printed books, and other sources to explore how Hokusai, with his prodigious genius, perceived and expressed demons.
June 21 - August 28, 2022
1st term: Jun 21 - Jul 24
2nd term: Jul 26 - Aug 28
9:30-17:30 (last admission 17:00)
Every Monday, Or the following day if it is a national holiday.
* Open: Mon / Holiday,July 18
* Close: Tue, July 19
Sumida City, The Sumida Hokusai Museum


Exhibition Overview 

Since ancient times, the Japanese have believed in the existence of demons, incorporated demons into everyday life, and lived alongside them. Demons frequently appear in myths, legends, performances, novels, manga, anime, games—creative works of many types. Demons are deeply rooted in Japanese hearts and are a major component in shaping the spiritual world of Japan. Demons also often appear in ukiyo-e, which took their subject matter from classic literature and performing arts as well as from yomihon (novels), a new literary form that developed in the Edo period. We hope you will enjoy the force generated by this gathering of demons as Hokusai depicted them!

Exhibition Highlights

A total of approximately 145 ukiyo-e works related to demons by Hokusai and his students will be exhibited in the exhibition's first and second halves!  A variety of demons! Scary demons, sad demons, lovable demons... See Hokusai's imagination and brushwork in his depiction of Japan's various types of demons. It also includes a rare brush-drawn painting by Hokusai being exhibited by our museum for the first time!

Chapter 1|What Are Demons?

< The Ghost >

Katsushika Hokusai, Takanishi Ihyōe and the Ghost of Osawa, from A Modern Ghost Story on a Starry Night, Vol. 1, The Sumida Hokusai Museum (All term)

< The Thunder God >
Katsushika Hokusai, The Thunder God, Applying Violent Punishment, Burns Down the Palace and Kills King Virūdhaka and His Vassal, from Life of Shakyamuni, Illustrated, Vol. 6, The Sumida Hokusai Museum (All term)
Chapter 2|People Who Became Demons, People Who Met Demons

< The Ghosts of the Heike >

Katsushika Hokui,The Ghosts of the Heike Appear in Daimotsunoura Bay in Settsu Province,The Sumida Hokusai Museum (2nd term)

< Tsuno Daishi >

Teisai Hokuba,Tsuno Daishi and a Snail,The Sumida Hokusai Museum (1st term)

Chapter 3|Demons in Myths and Epics

< The Heroes of Japan and China,Illustrated >

Katsushika Hokusai, Minamoto no Yorimitsu Quells the Demon Shuten Dōji on Mt. Ōe, from The Heroes of Japan and China,Illustrated,The Sumida Hokusai Museum (All term)

< Demon Island >

Manjirō Hokuga,Tametomo and Demon Island,The Sumida Hokusai Museum (2nd term)
Chapter 4|Familiar Demons

< Demonʼs Midwinter Prayer >

Katsushika Hokusai,Introduction to Hokusaiʼs Guide to Simplified Drawing,The Sumida Hokusai Museum (All term)

< Demon Praying to Amida>

Katsushika Hokusai,A Demon Praying to Amida,The Sumida Hokusai Museum (2nd term)

<Demon masks>

Katsushika Hokusai,Demon and Otafuku masks,The Sumida Hokusai Museum (2nd term)

List of Works

List of Works : Hokusai-Hokusai Presents a Riot of Demons

Admission Fees

65 and over
J.H.S. student
Disabled people
E.S. student


  • 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), 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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