In this exhibition, visitors are invited to step into the world of ukiyo-e woodblock prints that span a diverse array of themes, including yakusha-e (actor prints), fukei-ga (landscape pictures) and other genres. Join us for an engaging experience as we present quizzes inspired by these captivating prints. First, challenge yourself with “Spot the Difference,” where you’ll compare different artworks to find the subtle distinctions. Explore “What’s the Same?,” as you uncover common elements in multiple pieces. Engage in the detailed observation of ukiyo-e prints, sparking instant flashes of insight and warming up your brain. Once your mind is primed, delve into the hidden meanings behind kimono fabric patterns. Find hidden words and decode the riddles of hanji-e (rebuses) as you challenge yourself against the wisdom of the people of Edo. While exercising your brain and solving riddles, you’ll discover a new allure in ukiyo-e woodblock prints. Uncover the nuanced differences between different printings, unique to printed materials, and learn about their subtle incorporation of related motifs and the clever wordplay leveraging features of the Japanese language.
Utagawa Toyokuni III, “Amusements: Looking at Curtains on the Third Floor,” 1861
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, “Loyal Heroes of Hakkenden: Inuta Kobungo Yasuyori.” 1847-1852
the above, Mizuta Museum of Art, Josai International University