Katsushika Hokusai, the Edo-period painter of that iconic maritime view of Mount Fuji, constantly challenged himself throughout his 70-year career as an ukiyo-e artist, to form one of the most remarkable and textured oeuvres in the world. A special exhibition at Tokyo Midtown Hall in Roppongi brings together most every single picture and page of his masterpieces: Hokusai Manga (a collection of sketches that range from landscapes to cats and supernatural creatures), Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji (the famous woodblock print series) and One Hundred Views of Mt Fuji (a series of illustrated books furthering his spiritual exploration of the mountain). This ambitious project allows us to see the development of his visual tools. We will also see rare prints like the first copy of “Ushibori, Hitachi Province,” a small cargo boat in the riverside district Itako.
Image: © ‘Hokusai Manga’ Exhibition Plan by Architect Tsuyoshi Tane
9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku