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Hokusai Beauty – The Brilliant women of Edo –

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Hokusai Beauty - The Brilliant women of Edo -

Katsushika Hokusai“Young Woman Reading Makura no Soshi (The Pillow Book)”

What kind of beauty did Hokusai want to capture ?

“Hokusai Beauty – The Brilliant women of Edo -” will be held at the Sumida Hokusai Museum from February 14th to April 8th, 2018.
Hokusai is known for the many stylistic transformations he achieved in his seventy-year career, including the distinctive styles he developed for depicting beautiful women (bijin, beauties). During his early, Shunro, period, he was influenced by Torii Kiyonaga, who was famous for his portrayals of beautiful women. In his Sori period, he painted graceful beauties with oval faces before gradually shifting to depicting more stunningly beautiful, voluptuous women. Hokusai is famed for his landscapes, including, of course, ‘Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji’, but, particularly in the prime years of his career, he was regarded as ranking with Kyoden, an ukiyo-e artist also famous for his popular fiction, in the genre of contemporary sharebon, illustrated novels of adventures in the licensed quarters, for his elegant portrayals of women. Hokusai also included depictions of kimono patterns, hairstyles, and accessories in his work, expressing the gorgeous feminine beauty of the Edo period through women’s attire.

Hokusai Beauty - The Brilliant women of Edo -

Katsushika Oi “Treasury of Education for Women”

This exhibition introduces the fascination of Hokusai’s portrayals of beautiful women and the glorious world of the Edo beauty through 130 works, including depictions of beautiful women by Hokusai and members of his school, including hair style patterns, accessories, and makeup equipment, from the Pola Research Institute of Beauty & Culture.


Event Name Hokusai Beauty – The Brilliant women of Edo –
Venue The Sumida Hokusai Museum
Dates February 14, 2018 – April 8, 2018
Note Some works will be changed in the previous term and the late term.
1 term : February 14 – March 11
2 term : March 13 – April 8
Open Hours 9:30 – 17:30
*Last admission is until 30 minutes before closing.
Admission Adults : 1,000 yen
High school and university students : 700 yen
Junior High school students : 300 yen
Seniors (65 and over) : 700 yen
Disabled peoples : 300 yen
*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.)
Address 2-7-2 Kamezawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Contact 03-5777-8600

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