“Hokusai Manga”~Sketches of the Universe

Planned Exhibition

 2016, July 1st ~July 28th


(will be closed on July 4, 11, 19, 25th)




Introducing the Lifework of Hokusai


Katsushika Hokusai  “Picture Book “Hokusai Manga” Volume 3 “
Hokusai  depicted many poses from the dance called Suzume-odori. It seems that we are watching frame-by-frame images of animation.


Hokusai Manga” is the printed picture book which made Katsushika Hokusai (17601849) renown worldwide, along with his landscape series “Thirty-six Views of Mt.Fuji”. The popularity of “Hokusai Manga” didn’t decline ever since the execution of the 1st volume of this printed book in 1814 at when Hokusai was 55. Even years after his death it still remained popular and the series of the printed books was finally completed, having 15 volumes in total, making this piece regarded as Hokusai’s lifework. In this exhibition, we will introduce the charm of “Hokusai Manga”, the book that attempts to depict all the creations of the universe.


Introducing Various Talents of Hokusai by Seven Keywords


Katsushika Hokusai “Picture Book “Hokusai Manga” Volume 12”
Everyday  sceneries of specters such as snoozing and purchasing glasses are depicted.

We will introduce various themes of pictures of “Hokusai Manga” by seven keywords such as saltation, humorousness, livelihood, nature, animal, specter and architecture. We will pay attention to various talents of Hokusai by introducing the works not only Hokusai-like pictures depicting the dynamic movement and humorous figures but also the nature and architecture carefully depicted by the scientist-like gaze which had not been introduced generally.      



Katsushika Hokusai “Picture Book “Hokusai Manga” Volume 3”
Non-existent creatures such as mermaid, kappa (a mischievous Japanese water sprite) are depicted full of reality.


Katsushika Hokusai “Picture Book “Hokusai Manga” Volume 5”
This is totally the plan of the building. Observing the structure of the roof of the bell-tower of temple.  

Introducing Wide Range of Picture Books by Hokusai

Hokusai created various picture books other than “Hokusai Manga”. Picture books are important element of his artist career. In this exhibition, we will introduce picture books of landscapes, figures and stories drawn by Hokusai. In an ukiyo-e exhibition, hand-drawn pieces and single-sheet of multi-colored prints are often shown, but picture books are rarely seen. This exhibition will be a valuable occasion for fans of Hokusai to enjoy the accumulated selection of picture books by Hokusai. 

Katsushika Hokusai “Picture Book “Fugaku Hyakkei” Volume 1”
Rising sun is depicted just above the crest of Mt.Fuji. Dazzling morning sunshine shines radially.


Katsushika Hokusai “Handbook of Illustrations “Santai Gafu“”   Horses, rabbits and dogs are depicted differently by three different methods of drawing: shin-gyō-sō (formal, semi-formal , informal).


<Highlight Work of the Exhibition>
Katsushika Hokusai  “Picture Book “Hokusai Manga” Volume 10”


Hokusai illustrated the famous female ghosts Kasane and Okiku, who were popular during the Edo period. On the left is Kasane, who became a ghost after being murdered by her husband.  On the right is Okiku, who became a ghost after throwing herself in a well. She had been apprehended for breaking one of her master’s precious plates, and her ghost could be heard counting plates night after night.  Kasane and Okiku are depicted with high priests who appeased their spirits.

 Translation Supervised by Japanese Students Association of Princeton University

Adult700 yen
University and High school students500 yen
Junior High School Students and belowFree