2018年11月20日

The Sumida Hokusai Museum stands at the place where a famous 'ukiyo-e' artist 'Katsushika Hokusai' was born.

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Known for the masterpieces such as 'Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji' and 'Hokusai Sketch', a great ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai was born in present Kamezawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo in 1830. This eccentric giant, who is said to move 90 times till he died at 90 years old, spent his entire life making ukiyo-e mostly in Sumida-ku, Tokyo. His art style obviously changed according to his age, so that the masterpieces in each stage of his life seem to be worked out by different artists. His later years' masterpieces, in particular, heavily impacted on European painters like Van Gogh and Cezanne, and triggered Impressionism in Paris. The Sumida Hokusai Museum was built in the vicinity of the birthplace of Katsushika Hokusai in 2010. The unique exterior of this building, as shown in the first picture, is designed by one of the leading woman architects in Japan 'Kazuyo Sejima'. The second picture shows a life-size model of his studio reconstructing the circumstances existing at the time. This state of things is from the sketch, depicting him with his daughter, by his apprentice.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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