Beauties in Ukiyo-e: From Harunobu to Utamaro and Further to Kiyokata

Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts

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[Image: Utamaro Kitagawa]

Ends in 41 days
Closed Today (Monday)

This exhibition introduces talented painters who showed their individuality in the eighteenth century and “bijinga,” which continue to enchant the people to this day. While the literal translation of “bijinga” is “pictures of beauties,” the figures portrayed range from town girls to courtesans, geisha, young men referred to as wakashu, mother and child, couples, etc. Although bijinga are portraits, there is no clear distinction of sex or standpoint. Besides depicting ideal figures, bijinga artists tried hard to portray the changing fashion or motifs representing the season or weather in their pictures. In some cases, a bijinga could depict invisible emotions and feelings by overlapping a story or a poem or treating the subject of the relationship among a family or lovers. Beauties in ukiyo-e visually represented various aspects of Edo with a charm that captivated the people.



from October 05, 2019 to November 24, 2019


Adults ¥900, University & High School Students and 65 & Up ¥450

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 17:00
saturdays closing at 17:30, sundays closing at 17:30, holidays closing at 17:30
Closed on Mondays
Note:On a Public Holiday Monday, the Museum is open but closed on the following Tuesday.


Address: 4-28-1 Haramachida, Machida-shi, Tokyo 194-0013
Phone: 042-726-2771

15 minutes walk from JR Machida Station

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