Super Ukiyo-e – The Edo Code

super ukiyo-e exhibition

When: 28/01/17 - 21/05/17: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Where: Nihonbashi Kayabacho, 1-8-1 Nihonbashikayabacho, Chuo-ku

Serving as a beginner’s guide to Ukiyo-e woodblock printing, this art exhibition aims to “digitally decode the many secrets hidden within Ukiyo-e.” The Japanese art form was popular during the Edo period, and it would often express popular culture through its images – for example, prints might feature Kabuki stars or Oiran (courtesans), with hidden (and often witty) cultural references embedded within the artwork. Since this was a time of censorship, the artists needed to cleverly disguise their hidden secrets, gossip, or satire.

Rather than simply displaying framed pieces of art on a wall, “Super Ukiyo-e – The Edo Code” showcases 3D pieces that have been enlarged and animated using new video technologies. You’ll get a feel for the old city of Edo (now Tokyo), the fashion trends of the time, and the lively atmosphere inside a Kabuki theater.

super ukiyo-e exhibition

super ukiyo-e exhibition

Super Ukiyo-e – The Edo Code

How much: Adults ¥1,600, children ¥1,000

More info: superukiyoe.com

Opening hours: weekdays: 10am-9pm, Fridays & Saturdays: 10am-11pm, Sundays & national holidays: 10am-7pm (last entry one hour prior to closing time)

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