Ohta Wood Block Print Museum


a-ota ukiyoThe museum was founded by Seizo Ohta (1893-1977) who was saddened that Japanese actually had to travel abroad to see Japanese wood block prints.  For years he collected prints from both inside and outside of Japan eventually opening the museum for people to come and admire.  The museum is located just a few minutes walk from JR Harajuku station.  The number of collected items tops 12,000 and includes wood block prints by Hokusai Katsushika, Hiroshige Ando, Moronobu Hishikawa, Harunobu Suzuki and other famous artists.  You can enjoy the prints as a beautiful art form while gaining a better understanding of everyday life during the Edo period which spanned from 1603 to 1867.  It is fairly widely known that Japanese wood block prints strongly influenced French Impressionist painters such as Van Gogh, Monet, Manet and Renoir.

Open: 10:30am  to  5:30pm

Closed: Mondays,  3 to 5 days towards the end of each month for exchange of exhibition items, New Year holidays(Dec 21 to Jan 2)

Admission: 700Yen  or 1,000Yen depending on the exhibition items


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