[Image: Sengai Gibon "Dragon and Tiger" (19th c. late Edo period) Eisei Bunko Museum]

World of Sengai – Humorous and Amiable Zen Paintings by Sengai-san

Eisei-Bunko Museum
Until Jul 18


Gibon Sengai
Sengai Gibon (1750-1837) was a well-known Zen priest in the late Edo period, who preached Zen teachings through his humorous paintings and calligraphies. Eisei Bunko Museum houses more than one hundred works of Sengai collected by Hosokawa Moritatsu (1883-1970), the founder of the museum, and Sengai’s works, together with the works of another Zen priest Hakuin Ekaku, who was active during the middle of the Edo period, form the basis of the Zen art collection of Eisei Bunko Museum. In autumn 2016, we held the first comprehensive exhibition of Sengai, which gathered widespread public attention.

This is the second exhibition of Zen painting collection featuring not only the best works of Sengai but also the works of the artists around him such as his fellow disciple, Seisetsu Shucho, which have not been open to the public before. Booths explaining the themes of Zen teachings have been set up and a popularity contest of the displayed objects has been set up in the hope that visitors find interest in Zen art and become familiar with the world of Sengai.



May 21 (Sat) 2022-Jul 18 (Mon) 2022

Closed on June 21. Open on July 18.

Venue Hours

Closed on Monday
Open on a public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Closed during the New Year holidays and in between exhibitions.
FeeAdults ¥1000; Seniors 70 & Over ¥800; University and High School Students ¥500; Persons with Disability Certificates + 1 Companion, Junior High School Students and Under free.
VenueEisei-Bunko Museum
Location1-1-1 Mejirodai, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0015
Access10 minute walk from Waseda Station on the Toden Arakawa line, 15 minute walk from exit 1a at Edogawabashi Station on the Yurakucho line, 15 minute walk from exit 3a at Waseda Station on the Tozai line; From Mejiro Station on the JR Yamanote line or Zoshigaya Station on the Fukutoshin line, take the Toei bus and get off at Mejirodai-Sanchome. The venue is 5 minute walk from there.