Weather in Ukiyo-e

Ota Memorial Museum of Art

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Various weather phenomena are depicted in Ukiyoe. Clear skies, pouring rain, drizzling snow, rainbows after the rain. Ukiyo-e artists have depicted the ever-changing weather with delicate changes in color or bold deformation.

Japan’s diverse climate, which changes with the seasons, has had a great influence on people’s lives in the past and present. In the Edo period (1603-1868), heavy rains caused frequent flooding, and unexpected weather conditions sometimes led to famine. Even today, with the advancement of science, we cannot control the weather. We rely on weather forecasts to prepare for daily changes in the weather, but in recent years, heavy rains, extreme heat, and other abnormal weather have become topics of conversation, and interest in climate change is growing.

This exhibition focuses on the weather in paintings and introduces landscape paintings created by artists such as Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige, and Kobayashi Seichika. Through the unique expressions of these ukiyo-e artists, we will be able to experience the aesthetic sense of the Japanese people who loved the changing sky patterns, as well as the activities of the people who were sometimes tossed about by the wind and rain.

First Period: June 26 (Sat) - July 25 (Sun)
Second Period: July 30 (Fri) - August 29 (Sun)

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from June 26, 2021 to August 29, 2021
Closed on July 26 to 29.

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