The Mizuta Collection


Japan is a land rich in natural beauty and blessed with four distinct seasons. The Japanese sense of the changing seasons has led to the creation of paintings such as meisho-e in which the seasons and times of the year are linked with place names used in poetry known as utamakura, as well as tsukinami-e depicting activities associated with the months of the year. Ukiyo-e, which gained prominence in the Edo period, also portray annual events and aspects of the seasons familiar to common people.

This exhibition showcases works expressing seasonal moods. Horse Race at Kamo Shrine is a lively depiction of an annual event in May, giving an insight into peopleʼs customs. In addition to a painting of a woman reading whilst listening to the sound of an insect and another of two beautiful women drinking chrysanthemum sake at the Chrysanthemum Festival in September, the exhibition also features the Spring and Autumn Rural District Manners and Customs of Asaoka Okisada, which is a designated tangible cultural property of Togane City. We hope that you will take this opportunity to enjoy these scenes from life in each season.

Six Tama Rivers: The Tama River in Kōya

Suzuki Harunobu, Six Tama Rivers: The Tama River in Kōya, chūban full-color woodblock print, c.1767

Genre Scenes in Edo,

Miyagawa Chōshun, Genre Scenes in Edo, detail, color on silk, two scrolls, 1716-1736

Thirty-two Aspects of Manners and Customs: Happy

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Thirty-two Aspects of Manners and Customs: Happy, ōban full-color woodblock print, 1888



11/26 sat. 14:00-15:30
Instructor: Inagaki Tomoko (Curator, Okada Museum of Art)
Admission: Free
Venue: Orientation Room (Library, 1F)
Reservation required (Tel.0475-53-25652)

Slide Talk

11/12 sat. 14:00-14:30
Admission: Free
Venue: Orientation Room (Library, 1F)
No reservation required


Open: 10:00−16:00

Closed: Sundays, Mondays and holiday (except Nov.6)

Admission: Free


• By train: take either the JR Sotobo Line to Oami Station or the JR Sobu Main Line to Naruto Station; change trains and take the JR Togane Line; get off at Gumyo Station; 5 minute walk to the university.
• By car: take either the Keiyo Highway or the Tateyama Expressway to the Chiba-higashi Junction; from there, enter the Togane Toll Road; exit at Togane and take National Highway (Route) 126 in the direction of Naruto for about 20 minutes; at the signal at Josai International University Mae, turn right.
*The school parking lot is available.


Mizuta Museum of Art, Josai International University
1 Gumyō, Tōgane-shi, Chiba 283-8555, Japan
Tel. 0475-53-2562

Web design by Miku Sakamoto, junior in the Faculty of Media Studies