Edo Blue in Imari Ware

Toguri Museum of Art

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In Japan, dyeing technology advanced rapidly during the Edo period, and indigo dying, in particular, spread among the common people. Beautiful blues in all sorts of shades became available, known by names such as asagi, hanada and koi-ai. It was also during the Edo period that a significant ceramic industry developed in Arita, in what is now Saga Prefecture, where potters succeeded in producing Japan’s first domestic porcelain. This was known as Imari ware, taking its name from the port from which it was shipped.

This exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Ota Memorial Museum of Art, which specializes in ukiyoe woodblock prints and is holding a concurrent exhibition on the same theme. Under the shared title of “Edo Blue,” each museum will draw on its own collection to show how the color blue was a vibrant part of the lives of people during the Edo period. The Toguri Museum of Art will present a gorgeous selection of Imari ware in the beautiful blues that have come to symbolize the Edo era and lifestyle.



from July 02, 2019 to September 22, 2019


http://www.toguri-museum.or.jp (venue's website)


Adults ¥1000, University and High School Students ¥700, Elementary and Junior High School Students ¥400.

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 17:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on a Public Holiday Monday, but closed on the following Tuesday. Closed on the new year holidays and during changing exhibitions.


Address: 1-11-3 Shoto, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0046
Phone: 03-3465-0070 Fax: 03-3467-9813

10 minutes walk from Shibuya Station, 5 minutes walk from Shinsen Station on the Keio Inokashira line.

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