Appreciating Ukiyoe Wood Block Print Art
Japan Ukiyoe Museum : 日本浮世絵博物館
Rotating Displays of Japan’s Largest Collection of Ukiyoe Woodblock Prints.
The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum in Matsumoto is home to the Sakai collection of over one hundred thousand ukiyoe wood block prints -- the largest collection in the world. If you time your visit when the curator Sakai-san is present, allow him to give you a few pointers on the current exhibition to enhance your appreciation of the prints.
The Sakai collection of woodblock print art dates back 5 generations. It began with Yoshiaki Sakai (d. 1842) who was one of the wealthiest merchants in Matsumoto during the 1790s. A magnamious patron of the arts, the Sakai family was visited by ukiyoe masters such as Hiroshige and Hokusai. Over the years, the collection has grown to more than one hundred thousand prints, both classic masterpieces and works by current artists. It is a "living" collection that continues to expand as the newest members of the Sakai family purchase and bring back rare prints from all over the world. The museum's aim is to "collect, examine and exhibit ukiyoe as being a major part of our international and cultural heritage." When visiting Matsumoto, home of the designated national treasure Matsumoto Castle and gateway to the Japanese Alps, include a stop at JUM (the Japan Ukiyoe Museum) and experience the world of Japanese woodblock prints. If the curator, Nobuo Sakai, is present and accessible, he can give an explanation in English about the current exhibit (due to their delicate nature, prints are rotated in and out of exhibition on a regular basis), to help deepen your appreciation of the artwork.
- Hours :
- 10:00-17:00 (Last admission 16:30)
- Date(s) :
- Closed Mondays (or next day if holiday) and 28-Dec. thru 03-Jan.
- Cost / Price of Admission :
- 1,200 (children 600)
Discount for groups of 20+
- Time Required :
- 1 hour
- Credit Cards :
- VISA, MasterCard, Amex
- Reservations :
- Not required(E-mail or call ahead to request explanation by the curator, Sakai-san.)
- # of Participants :
- Foreign Languages :
- English (English Pamphlet available. Some English explanations.)
- Luggage Storage :
Limited English explanation and the curator Sakai-san's English isn't fluent, but his enthusiasm makes up for it. For further enjoyment of ukiyoe in Nagano Prefecture, there is the Hokusai Museum in Obuse.
tel : +81(0)263-47-4440 fax : +81(0)263-48-0208 Official site
- By Train
- From Matsumoto Station(JR Shinonoi Line), 7 min by taxi.
- By Car
- From Matsumoto IC, Go west on Route 158 to Koshiba signal and turn right.
- 2206-1 Shimadachi, Matsumoto 390-0852
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- Au Crieur de Vin : Casual French Cuisine.
- Ajari Cafe : Home of the Popular Ajari Burger.
- Bakery Cafe SWEET in Nawate : Matsumoto's Old-Time Bakery Cafe.
- Kurassic-kan : Coffee Shop in a Storehouse Built in 1888, With a Japanese Garden.
- 'Temari' Handball Workshop : A Symbol of Matsumoto, Make a Temari Ball as a Momento of your Stay.
- Soba Noodle Making in Matsumoto : Make (then Eat!) Soba at this Premier Noodle Shop 2 Minutes from Matsumoto Castle.
- Guided Tour of Matsumoto Castle : Tour National Treasure Matsumoto Castle with the Helpful ALSA Guides.
- Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival : Hear World-renowned Musicians from across the Globe Perform in Matsumoto.
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