Ukiyo-e from the end of the Edo Period to the Meiji Period

Ota Memorial Museum of Art

poster for Ukiyo-e from the end of the Edo Period to the Meiji Period
[Image: Yoshitora Utagawa “Caricature of the Ueno War: Fire Attack of the Enryaku-ji Temple” (on exhibition during 1st term)]

Ends in 4 days

150 years ago, Japan experienced historical changes, from the downfall of the Edo shogunate to the establishment of the Meiji Government. Ukiyo-e artists who were active from the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) to the early Meiji Period (1868-1912) portrayed social changes such as those instigated by the Boshin War and the westernization of Japan, and explored new forms of art by accepting Western styles. 2018 is the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration. To commemorate this milestone, the museums will introduce 150 ukiyo-e works produced in the years from the end of the Edo Period to the start of the Meiji Period. Presented in two halves, the works on exhibit will change between the first and second term. Enjoy seeing the rapid changes captured in these ukiyo-e that mirrored the turbulence of this era.

1st Term: Jan. 5 (Fri) - 28 (Sun)
2nd Term: Feb. 2 (Fri) - 25 (Sun)

[Related Events]
Talk and Slide Show by the Curator
Dates: Jan. 8 (Mon), 18 (Fri), 23 (Tue), Feb. 6 (Tue), 12 (Mon), 23 (Fri), 14:00- (duration: approx. 40 mins)
Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket required, no booking required)
Venue: Audiovisual Room, B1F Ota Memorial Museum of Art

*Events in Japanese.
*Please see the official website for details on further events.



from January 05, 2018 to February 25, 2018
Closed from Jan. 29 (Mon) to Feb. 1 (Thu).


Adults: ¥700, University students and High School Students: ¥500, Junior School Students and Under: Free.

Venue Hours

From 10:30 To 17:30
Closed on Mondays


Address: 1-10-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Phone: 03-3403-0880 Fax: 03-3470-5994

5 minutes walk from Harajuku Station or Meiji Jingu Mae Station

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