“Celebrating Our First Birthday: Happy Hokusai – Good Fortune from A to Z”

The Sumida Hokusai Museum

poster for “Celebrating Our First Birthday: Happy Hokusai – Good Fortune from A to Z”

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In Hokusai’s day, it was customary to welcome the gods at New Year’s and other turning points in the year, to give thanks and to pray for good health, tranquility, and bountiful harvests. Edo-period people with literary inclinations enjoyed privately commissioning prints, known as surimono to distinguish them from commercially published prints, and giving them to each other. Hokusai and his pupils produced a great number of surimono with the gods and other auspicious icons as well as scenes of New Year’s customs as their subjects. Their work on lucky themes was used in warm-hearted interactions between friends and family members, displayed in homes to bring in good luck, and given as New Year’s gifts to express hopes for the recipients’ good fortune. In that spirit, we are displaying these luck-bringing works by Hokusai and his school with gratitude to all who have supported our museum since its opening, who have come to our exhibitions, and who will continue to cheer on our efforts.



from November 21, 2017 to January 21, 2018
Closed: December 29th to 2018 January 1st



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