Special Exhibition: Hokusai and the Samurai World

Dec 14, 2023 at 9:30am ~ Feb 25, 2024 at 5:30pm

Enjoy experiencing how Edo-period people saw samurai and their appearance as Hokusai and his pupils depicted them, ” Hokusai and the Samurai World ” in The Sumida Hokusai Museum Special Exhibition.

This exhibition presents works depicting samurai, but not just famous warriors such as Minamoto no Yoritomo and Tokugawa Ieyasu. To Hokusai, who lived the Edo period, samurai were a familiar presence. These samurai also include people who lived, during two and a half centuries of peace, beside Hokusai and his pupils in the city of Edo, samurai as those artists saw them. Works depicting both actual battles and battle scenes as described in tales are also on display.

Also includes works picturing swords, spears, and other battle gear. A Tachi signed NOBUFUSA saku (Important Cultural Property) from the collection of the Japanese Sword Museum will join other artifacts on display. As you compare actual swords with their depictions, enjoy, as you let your imagination run free, Hokusai’s powers of expression.


Exhibition period

First term: December 14, 2023 – January 21, 2024
Second term: January 23, 2024 – February 25, 2024

*Some exhibits will be changed during the exhibition period.

Open: Tuesday – Sunday (Except Jan 4, Jan 9, Feb 13)
Closed: Mondays (Except Jan 8, Feb 12),

*If Monday is a holiday, open Monday and closed the following Tuesday.



Start: Dec 14th 2023 at 9:30am

End: Feb 25th 2024 at 5:30pm


The Sumida Hokusai Museum


2-7-2 Kamezawa, Sumida