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Friday, March 12, 2004


Hokusai prints on show in Sumida

The Sumida Ward Office in Tokyo is exhibiting 47 woodblock prints by the famous ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai until March 21.

The prints, displayed at Sumida Riverside Hall Gallery, include Hokusai's most famous series, "Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji," and seven pieces from "Unusual Views of Bridges in Various Provinces."

Hokusai (1760-1849) was born in the Warigesui section of Edo's Honjo area, which today would be located in Kamesawa in Sumida Ward, where he spent most of his life.

The ward office plans to build a museum dedicated to his art and hopes the exhibition will help familiarize even more people with Hokusai and his works.

Hokusai is regarded as one of Japan's representative pictorial artists. "Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji," which had begun to appear by 1831, was followed by "One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji" a few years later.

Hokusai is also known for his "Sketches by Hokusai," a series of picture books published between 1814 and 1834 that cover a variety of subjects.

Admission to the Hokusai exhibition is 300 yen for adults, and free for junior high-school students, young children and people 65 or older.

"Hokusai-ten": 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Sumida Riverside Hall Gallery, 1-23-20 Azumabashi, Sumida-ku, in the Sumida Ward Office, 1F, a 5-minute walk from Asakusa Station on the Ginza and Toei Asakusa subway lines (across the Sumida River) or a 5-minute walk from Honjo Azumabashi Station on the Toei Asakusa Line.

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