The Mount Fuji Challenges: Hokusai and Hiroshige

Edo-Tokyo Museum

poster for The Mount Fuji Challenges: Hokusai and Hiroshige
[Image: Hokusai Katsushika (1803–1806)]

Ends in 33 days

*As part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Edo Tokyo Museum will suspend or cancel museum-organized exhibitions and other events from April 25 (Sun) to May 31 (Mon).

Katsushika Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, one of Japan’s most significant masterpieces of ukiyo-e prints, stunned audiences with its vivid blue colors and bold compositions. At the time, Hokusai was over 70 years of age, but still working tirelessly at painting and printmaking. Hiroshige Utagawa, on the other hand, was in his late thirties around the same time. He was no more than an ukiyo-e artist who created landscape paintings, but had experienced no major success. Hiroshige would surely have viewed the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series with astonishment. How did the success of this series help Hiroshige establish his own style of painting? Previous exhibitions have been held to exhibit the Mount Fuji series by Hokusai and Hiroshige, but this exhibition seeks a deeper interpretation—it attempts to present some of the challenges facing Hokusai and Hiroshige, two of Japan’s pre-eminent landscape painters, by exploring their stories. All these works, including all 46 images in the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series, will be exhibited together as the Edo-Tokyo Museum Collection. Through this precious collection, which simply cannot be ignored in any discussion of the history of ukiyo-e, we will introduce several of the endless challenges faced by these two ukiyo-e artists, along with their masterpieces.



from April 24, 2021 to June 20, 2021
*The museum will not have extended hours on Saturdays for the forseeable future.

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Adults ¥1000; University Students ¥800; Elementary, High School and Junior High School Students, Seniors 65 & Over ¥500

Venue Hours

From 9:30 To 17:30
saturdays closing at 19:30
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Opens during the Sumo matches in Ryogoku. Closed during the New Year holidays.


Address: 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0015
Phone: 03-3626-9974 Fax: 03-3626-9950

3 minute walk from the West exit of Ryogoku Station on the JR Sobu line, 1 minute walk from exit A3 or A4 at Ryogoku Station on the Toei Oedo line.

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