Ukiyo-e is a genre of woodblock prints and paintings that flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries. It was aimed at the prosperous merchant class in the urbanizing Edo period (1603-1867). Amongst the popular themes were depictions of beautiful women; kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers; scenes from history and folk tales; travel scenes and landscapes; flora and fauna; and erotica.
Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art is in Harajuku. Harajuku is known as a center of Japanese young culture and fashion, but the neighborhood also attracts many larger international chain stores with high-end luxury merchandisers extensively represented along Omotesando.
Even there are so many young people are every here and there in the streets of Harajuku on Sunday, you can take your time appreciating Ukiyo-e in a relaxed atmosphere in the museum.
Seizo Ota was a collector of Ukiyo-e paintings from the 17th to early 20th centuries, which are popular overseas. The museum was founded based on his final wishes. I houses about 12,000 Ukiyo-e works, including those by Katsushika Hokusai and Ando Hiroshige. Every month, about 70 works are put on display.
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