Hiroshige’s “Edo Hyaku”: Perspectives of Landscape Ukiyo-e Prints in Portrait Layout

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November 10 @ 11:30 am - 4:30 pm EST

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Hiroshige’s “Edo Hyaku”: Perspectives of Landscape Ukiyo-e Prints
With originals from the Royal Ontario Museum

Edo Hyaku”, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo 名所江戸百景 (Meisho Edo Hyakkei) is a series of over one hundred woodblock prints designed by Hiroshige (1797–1858) , which began to be published in 1856 and was completed in 1859 after Hiroshige’s death. 

In order to cover the huge amount of works in this series, we have been having a geological lineup in our 2019 exhibition, then we focused on the theme of cherry blossoms in October 2021 – April 2022. For this third Edo Hyaku period, starting in the fall of 2022, we are concentrating on the theme of Boats and Bridges, which will be followed by our final period of Edo Hyaku: Residents and City Streets in New Year 2023.

For these upcoming two periods we are welcoming original pieces of the Edo Hundred series from the Royal Ontario Museum. This set of Edo Hyaku prints arrived for public attention relatively recently in 2002, and was re-discovered as an album or a form of folded book bound by pasting prints together edge-to-edge. Although the edges of the prints are missing by the binding, and the album suffered worm damage, the colour condition of this set is remarkable. Being away from lights, the prints here maintained their vivid colours. For the first time the prints are displayed publicly and individually at The Japan Foundation, Toronto after going through conservation procedures such as separation of the pages, cleaning, and repair.

In addition to over twenty original pieces from the ROM in each period, we have reproductions, which some people rather call re-conceived prints. These non-originals are not offset prints from photography, but are re-carved and hand-printed in the traditional method based on historical research.

Through these prints we are examining Hiroshige’s final years, which is characterized by the use of tall portrait layout in landscape paintings. Linear perspectives and the expression of depth and distance are the keys to unfold the visual wealth of Hiroshige’s late pieces. A masterpiece of this period, consisting of a trio of triptychs known as Snow, Moon, and Flower (1857) is on display, along with pieces from the series kown as Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces (1853–56).

In comparison with these other pieces from Hioroshige’s late period the special characteristics of the Edo Hyaku series become more evident. Hiroshige’s compassion and nostalgic affection for his own home town Edo, now known as Tokyo, is evident in the Edo Hyaku print series. Some researchers point out that the whole project of the publication of Edo Hyaku was a disaster relief effort for the Ansei Great Earthquake in 1855. Hiroshige’s beloved Edo was awfully almost completely destroyed, and the lives of many citizens were lost. The glances of Hiroshige we can feel in Edo Hyaku are so gentle, intimate, comforting, and yet noble and proud.

Admission: FREE

Gallery Hours: Hourly timeslots starting at 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, we are limiting visitation to 5 hourly timeslots per day. In order to maintain social distancing, we are limiting the number of visitors to 20 in each timeslot. 

Library & Gallery Opening Hours

Tuesday11:30am to 4:30pm
Thursday11:30am to 4:30pm
Saturday *Select dates only: Dec 3, Dec 17, Jan 7 (Library only), Jan 2111:30am to 4:30pm
*JFT Holiday Closure:Library Last day : Tue, Dec 20, 2022 Reopen : Thu, Jan 5, 2023
Gallery Last day : Sat, Dec 17, 2022 Reopen : Tue, Jan 10, 2023

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Related Programming:

Edo Hyaku Talk Series – Part I: Bridges over Sumida River

Saturday, November 26, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM (ET)
In-Person Talk Event at the JFT Event Hall | Free Admission | RSVP Required
Conducted by Toshi Aoyagi, Program Officer

 Register Here


Art of the Game: Ukiyo-e Heroes

Join us on December 1st for our first in-person film screening at the JFT Event Hall in over 2 years! 
Synopsis: A journey of discovery into how a Canadian craftsman and an American designer, with a father and son generation gap, team up to revive the ancient art of Japanese woodblock prints (Ukiyo-e) by juxtaposing traditional art with pop culture icons such as Super Mario and Pokémon.

 Register Here


Edo Hyaku Talk Series – Part II: Boats on Rivers, Canals, and Edo Bay

Friday, December 2, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (ET)
In-Person Talk Event at the JFT Event Hall | Free Admission | RSVP Required
Conducted by Toshi Aoyagi, Program Officer

 Register Here


Check Out JFT Library’s Books on Ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints) before or after Gallery Visit!

Want to dive deeper into the world of Hiroshige’s art? Learn more about Hiroshige, the history of ukiyo-e and other ukiyo-e artists by checking out JFT library’s list of physical books and ebooks before or after visiting our current Gallery exhibition, Hiroshige’s “Edo Hyaku”!

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November 10 @ 11:30 am
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