Rinkyo Ishii “Wake no Kiyomaro” Exhibition

Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art

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[Image: Rinkyo Ishii "Wake no Kiyomaro" (1907)]

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Rinkyo Ishii’s legendary masterpiece ‘Wake no Kiyomaro’ is based on an anecdote about the historical figure Wake no Kiyomaro and was exhibited at the first Bunten (the art exhibition of the Ministry of Education) that began in 1907. After being lost for a long time, it was donated by the owner in 2019, and the restoration was completed in 2020.

This work, depicting the anxiety and determination of Seimaro as he arrives at Usa Shrine in the early morning to receive an oracle, is one of Rinkyo Ishii’s masterpieces and is of great documentary value in the history of modern Japanese painting.

Born in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, Rinkyo Ishii (real name: Saburo Koku, 1884-1930) went on to study at Chiba Junior and Senior High School (now Chiba Prefectural Junior and Senior High School), where his talent for painting was recognized by his art teacher, Masaaki Horie. He studied under Masakuni Hashimoto and won the second prize for his painting ‘Princess Kinkakaiya’ at an exhibition organized by the Futaba-kai, a group of Masakuni’s students. The following year, he exhibited ‘Wake no Kiyomaro,’ a work that showed a full range of techniques and expressive power at the young age of 23.

This exhibition will focus on ‘Wake no Kiyomaro’ and other works by Hayashi Hibiki in the collection of the Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art, as well as explain the process of restoring the work.



from July 13, 2021 to September 20, 2021


Rinkyo Ishii


Adults ¥300; University and High School Students ¥150; Junior High and Elementary School Students, Seniors 65 & Over, Persons with Disability Certificates + 1 Companion free.

Venue Hours

From 9:00 To 16:30
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Closed during the New Year holidays.


Address: 1-10-1 Chuominato, Chuo-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba 260-0024
Phone: 043-242-8311 Fax: 043-241-7880

8 minute walk from Chiba-Minato Station on the JR Keiyo or Chiba Toshi Monorail line.

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