Oct 1st
Oct 26th
Hiroshige's "Ferry Boat Crossing the Rokugo River"
Hiroshige's "Ferry Boat Crossing the Rokugo River" (Public Domain)

Transportation in Ukiyo-e

Traditional artwork depicting various modes of transport

Kim   - 1 min read
Venue : Ota Memorial Museum When : Oct 1st - Oct 26th 2022, 10:30am - 5:30pm

Transportation is essential in our day-to-day lives, and this has been the case throughout history. During the Edo period in Japan, various methods of transport were utilized including people power, horses, and ships, with the latter having particular significance in modern-day Tokyo given the presence of Tokyo Bay and the Sumida River.

The importance of transport methods was also reflected in historical artworks, with individuals like Utagawa Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai depicting logistics and transport in many of their ukiyo-e pieces. A special exhibition taking place at the Ota Memorial Museum explores a variety of them, with iconic prints like Hiroshige's "Ferry Boat Crossing the Rokugo River" and "Nihonbashi Morning View" just a couple of the works to be displayed.

Adult admission to the event is priced at ¥ 800.

Getting there

The Ota Memorial Museum of Art is located approximately six minutes on foot from the JR Harajuku Station, served by the Yamanote Line, or two minutes on foot from the Tokyo Metro Meiji-jingumae Station, served by the Chiyoda Line and the Fukutoshin Line.

For those who plan to drive, do note that there is no dedicated parking lot for the museum.

Kim

Kim @kim.b

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