Art & Design
The Sumida Hokusai Museum すみだ北斎美術館
Photo copyright: Photo Owashi Yosuke
Sumida's tribute to its most famous ukiyo-e artist
This modern museum is dedicated to the life and work of ukiyo-e woodblock print master Hokusai, the man responsible for the series "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji," including the iconic “Under the Wave off Kanagawa.” At the AURORA (permanent exhibition room), enjoy an in-depth introduction to Hokusai's life and famous works through life-size high-resolution replicas. A model of Hokusai's art studio, complete with figures of the man himself and his daughter, is a fascinating peek into the world of this artistic icon.
Multilingual panels provide great detail about the artworks on display at AURORA (permanent exhibition room)
Original artworks are also displayed in the special exhibition.
How to Get There
The museum is a 5-minute walk from Ryogoku Station on the Toei Oedo Line, or a nine-minute walk from Ryogoku Station on the JR Sobu Line.
Learn about the great master
Katsushika Hokusai was a prolific ukiyo-e artist. Born in 1760, he lived in Sumida Ward for much of the around 90 years of his life, capturing the beauty of Edo-era Japan in his colorful prints. Many of his early works feature scenes around his home, allowing you a glimpse into late Edo period Tokyo (Late 18th century–early 19th century). Interactive panels, videos and fun art-related games with English explanations provide enough entertainment for a couple of hours or an entire afternoon for the more serious art aficionado.
Modern architecture housing Edo art
The building itself is worthy of attention. Designed by award winning architect Sejima Kazuyo, the building is approachable from each of its sides with the entrance at the center. The museum's space age look stands out among the more traditional houses of the neighborhood, covered in mirrored panels that reflect the sky.
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