Nagasaki Prints and Visions of Foreign Lands

Itabashi Art Museum

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[Image: Dutch Ship Entering the Port (Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture)]

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Prints from the Edo era depicting Nagasaki show a city with the ambience of a city outside Japan. Chinese boats appear and Dutch ships fire celebratory shots as they enter Nagasaki Port. Tables are lined with meat and glassware for dining merchants. These “Nagasaki prints” reflecting Nagasaki’s status as a city of trade were produced mainly as souveniers for more than a century from the mid-Edo period (1603–1867).

This exhibition presents around 100 works including Suzhou prints thought to have been the original inspiration of Nagasaki prints and early works in which their influence can be clearly seen, up through prints conveying news from the end of the Edo period. Around 30 hand-painted works revealing Nagasaki’s international culture are also presented, showcasing the delights of Nagasaki and exploring the various aspects of Nagasaki prints.

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from 2月 25, 2017 to 3月 26, 2017

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