Otsu-e: Another History of Edo Painting

Tokyo Station Gallery

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Otsu-e were inexpensive souvenirs that were mass-produced in the area around the Otsu post town on the Tokaido highway from the early Edo period onwards. Characterized by their direct and amusing appeal, otsu-e spread throughout Japan, but there are not many still in existence today since they were regarded as cheap ephemera of everyday life.

As Japan modernized, otsu-e lost their function as special souvenirs of the ancient highway, but became a source of fascination for many cultural figures. Connoisseurs with an eye for beauty such as the literati painter Tessai Tomioka, the Western-style painter Chu Asai, and Mingei Movement founder Soetsu Yanagi recognized the value of old otsu-e in particular and collected such paintings. This trend continued after the Pacific War, with otsu-e being collected by people such as the Western-style painter Gentaro Koito and the textile dyer Keisuke Serizawa. This exhibition is a chance to view around 150 otsu-e masterpieces that are known to have belonged to the collections of such famous connoisseurs from the early modern period.

*Tickets can be purchased from Lawson Ticket.
*Some of the items on display will be changed during the course of the exhibition.



from September 19, 2020 to November 08, 2020
Open on September 21 and November 2. Online Reservations required (Please visit the official website for details).


Adults ¥1200, University and High School Students ¥1000, Junior High School Students and under free.

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 18:00
fridays closing at 20:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Closed during the New Year holidays and in between exhibitions.


Address: 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Phone: 03-3212-2485 Fax: 03-3212-2058

Near the North exit of JR Tokyo Station (inside the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building)

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