Playful Ukiyo-e from the Kumon Children’s Collection

Nerima Art Museum

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Kumon Institute of Education, a long-time researcher of children’s culture, holds a collection of some 3,200 historical study materials, mainly in the form of Ukiyo-e prints. This exhibition on the subject of children’s play presents 170 items from this collection, including Ukiyo-e, picture scrolls, folding screens, picture books, and toys. Ukiyo-e pictures of people in the Edo period (1608–1868) not only have historical value, they portray the daily lives of children growing as they play innocently under the auspices of parental love, demonstrating a naturalness of gestures and expression we still see in children today. Ukiyo-e were used in children’s books, educational materials, and toys such as kites, spreading widely among the public as a major medium of the Edo period. This exhibition shedding light on the lives of children in the Edo period introduces a world of Ukiyo-e that children and adults alike can enjoy.

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from April 28, 2019 to June 09, 2019

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