Unfortunately due to the developments surrounding the coronavirus, we have decided to cancel our usual May exhibition.
We will not be able to open the museum until further notice. Nihon no hanga is located in an old canal house. All museums need to adhere to a detailed and strict museum protocol, which is impossible for us to follow. Our priority is the health safety of our visitors and volunteers.
We do hope to open our doors November 2020 and as always we will keep you posted of any new developments.
One Hundred Views by Koizumi Kishio
Nihon no hanga is showing the entire series of One hundred pictures of Great Tokyo in the Shōwa era by Koizumi Kishio (1893-1945). Various prints from the series have played important roles in our past exhibitions, but only a number of the entire set have been shown to the public. Nihon no hanga will be the first museum to showcase a complete set of the series released by the artist himself in 1940.
Koizumi Kishio was a creative print (sōsaku hanga) artist who was dedicated to the complete self-production of his prints. One of his greatest ambitions was to create a series of one hundred views of Tokyo. He was inspired by great woodblock print artists such as Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), who both devoted series to the city – then known as Edo. During the course of Kishio’s project, Tokyo changed significantly. Through the city’s hardships of the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923, and the following period of immense urban upheaval, Kishio continued to find inspiration for his woodblock prints in the ever-changing metropolis of ‘Great Tokyo’. From the first print in October 1928 to the hundredth design of December 1937, Kishio worked diligently on what he called his ‘life’s work’. Through one hundred views, the exhibition will explore Kishio’s personal interpretation of the reconstructed visual identity of Tokyo, as well as highlighting the intriguing story behind the making of the series.