Hokusai and His Rivals

2022, April 22nd-June 26th

1st Term April 22nd-May 22nd
2nd Term May 27th-June 26th

Will be closed on April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23-26, 30, June 6, 13, 20.

Katsushika Hokusai is a worldly famous ukiyo-e artist. He achieved great fame with his landscape pictures, including “Thirty-six views of Mt. Fuji” and works in various other genres. Naturally, however, Hokusai was not the only ukiyo-e artist active during the time. A large number of ukiyo-e artists competed with Hokusai, and influenced each other’s works. This exhibition will not only focus on Hokusai’s works, but put them in conversation with the works by more than 15 artists who were contemporaneous with Hokusai or succeeded him.

Katsushika Hokusai “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji: Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa”(2nd term)

Utagawa Hiroshige “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji: Wind-tossed Waves at Shichirigahama in Sagami Province” (2nd term)

Introducing the interactions between Hokusai and his rivals

The numerous exhibitions of Katsushika Hokusai held at various museums, mostly focused on his works exclusively. Utagawa Hiroshige, who also excelled at landscape pictures, is the only other artist whose works have been presented in comparison. This exhibition will not only present works by Utagawa Hiroshige, but also those by many other artists such as Tōshūsai Sharaku, Keisai Eisen, and Utagawa Kuniyoshi, who were active in the same period, to introduce Hokusai’s relationship and interactions with such ukiyo-e artists who worked during his time.

Katsushika Hokusai “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fujii: Under Mannen-bashi Bridge at Fukagawa” (2nd term)
Utagawa Kuniyoshi “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji Viewed from Edo: View of Mt. Fuji beneath Shin-Ōhashi Bridge” (2nd term)

An extensive exhibition with a wide variety of genres

Hokusai’s rivalry with numerous artists is an indication of how he was active in so many different genres. We will put Hokusai’s late masterpiece, “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji” and a wide range of other works, including pictures of kabuki actors, warriors, landscapes, and beautiful women, in dialogue with works by other artists on display.

Katsushika Hokusai “Kabuki Actor, Ichikawa Komazō Ⅲ” (2nd term)
Tōshūsai Sharaku “Kabuki Actor Segawa Tomisaburō Ⅱas Yadorigi, a Wife of Ōgishi Kurando” (2nd term)
Katsushika Hokusai “Warriors, Kamakura no Gongorō Kagemasa and Torinoumi Yasaburō Yasunori” (1st term)
Utagawa Kuniyoshi “One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Water Margin: Shutsurinryū Sūen” (1st term)

Discovering works by succeeding artists who learned from Hokusai

Hokusai not only had a huge impact on the works of rivaling artists of his generation but also on the artists of the following generation. His influence extended beyond his direct pupils, to the artists who belonged to different schools. This exhibition introduces works by artists of the generation after Hokusai, who learned through imitating his works.

Utagawa Hirokage “Comical Views of Famous Places in Edo: No. 4, Fishermen at Ochanomizu” (2nd term)
Ochiai Yoshiiku “One Hundred Ghost Stories: Kohada Koheiji” (1st term)

Highlight of the Exhibition

Katsushika Hokusai “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji: Seashore at Nobotoura” (1st term)
Utagawa Hiroshige “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji: Entrance of Enoshima Island in Sagami Province” (1st term)

葛飾北斎「冨嶽三十六景 登戸浦」(前期)
歌川広重「冨士三十六景 相模江之島入口」(前期)

After the death of Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige published his new series “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji”. Although the location differs, Hokusai and Hiroshige both depicted Mt. Fuji viewed through a torii gate. Hokusai attempted a geometric and eccentric composition while Hiroshige’s composition seems to be depicting the scenery as he saw it. These works which are of the same subject, brings forward the distinct difference of their artistic styles.

Adult 1000 yen
University and High school students 700 yen
Junior High School Students and below Free


2022 04


1-21, 25

2022 / 04

1-21, 25

2022 05


2, 9, 16, 23-26, 30

2022 / 05

2, 9, 16, 23-26, 30

2022 06


6, 13, 20, 27-30

2022 / 06

6, 13, 20, 27-30