Take a look at beauty as expressed in Japanese lifestyle and culture through this exhibition featuring Utagawa Hiroshige's ukiyo-e series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, and Nihonga (Japanese paintings) from the Kawara Museum collection.
Working on the series until just before his death, in One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, the artist deftly captured the energetic day-to-day lives of the people of Edo (present-day Tokyo). Born into a fire warden's household, and working as a fire warden himself, the view from the top of the fire warden's watchtower no doubt had a great influence on Hiroshige's artwork, and its characteristic bird's-eye views. The Edo landscape he observed, and the atmosphere as he felt it, are conveyed to the modern-day viewer through his vividly-colored works.
In addition to ukiyo-e, a number of Japanese paintings from the collection are also on display, including folding screens (used traditionally in Japanese life as partitions), and scrolls (once used as tools for the popularization of Buddhism, but in time assuming a role of enhancing the aesthetic sensibility of a room, and melding into Japanese culture and lifestyle).
Enjoy this exploration of the unique Japanese style, expression and color aesthetic that have also influenced artists abroad.
When: Until Sun. 30 May (10:00 - 17:00) Closed Mondays (open 3 May), Tuesdays (open 4 May), Thu. 6 May and Fri. 7 May.
Where: Kawara Museum of Takahama City, a Hometown of Ceramics (高浜市やきものの里 かわら美術館), Takahama City (高浜市)
Access: An approximately 10-minute walk west from Takahama-minato Sta. (高浜港駅, MU07) on the Meitetsu Mikawa Line (名鉄三河線)
Admission: Senior HS students and older 300 Yen; Junior HS students and younger free; discounts available for persons aged 75 and over, Certificate
of Disability holders, etc.
Website: http://www.takahama-kawara-museum.com/index.html (Japanese)
Image: Utagawa Hiroshige, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Inside Kameido Tenjin Shrine, 1856