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.

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Schedule

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).

Fee

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.

Access

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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