"The World of Hakkenden" Exhibition
This event has ended.
The publication "Nanso Satomi Hakkenden" saw contributions by Bakin Kyotei (1767-1848) over a long period stretching from 1814-1842, during which time he created the longest ever collection of Japanese romance fiction (denki shosetsu), numbering some 98 episodes over 106 books.
Before long, the publication was taken as a subject for the kabuki theater, and numerous ukiyo-e woodblock prints were also made on the topic. In a sense, the Hakkenden provided a deft cultural summary and compendium of the late Edo period. The popularity of this work continues unchanged to this day, and it is often used as material for art, literature, manga, film and theater.
2008 marks the 160th anniversary of the passing of Bakin. This exhibition focuses on works from the Hakkenden ukiyo-e collection of Jin Hattori, introducing viewers to the world of Hakkenden through archive materials, modern nihonga painting, contemporary kabuki theater, shojo manga and so on.
From 2008-09-13 To 2008-10-26