Hello Curious and Creative, What to do on a dark and rainy Sunday…water-proof baby and and go to the Hokusai from Boston exhibit at The Ueno Royal Museum. Now on exhibit until November 9th, 2014 are over 200 Hokusai Ukiyo-e prints on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibit is very impressive spanning Hokusai’s entire life from his initial stage as a traditional print maker documenting court life, to his more mature periods of Japanese ghosts and beautiful plants. Hokusai’s more famous works, such as, the 36 views of Mt Fuji and Waterfall sets are also exhibited. The only downside of the show is that the documentation is almost entirely in Japanese so it is very hard to understand the background of the stages of his life. I would recommend that you study a bit about Hokusai and his passage from being born into an artisan family to his maturity as one of the best know Japanese artists. A large share of the exhibit is also from the William Bigelow collection which was donated to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Bigelow himself had a very interesting life, and one to study as well. Definitely a must see if you enjoy Japanese prints.
Cost: Adults 1,500 yen, College and High school 1,200 yen, 4-12 years 500 yen, under 4 free
Location: The Ueno Royal Museum, 1-2 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Dates and Times: September 13, 2014 – November 9, 2014; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00p.m.