Saturday, June 1, 2013

"Ceramics and Ukiyo-e" at Nezu Museum

The early start of the rain season in Tokyo last Wednesday (May 29) was not really welcome news, but we are still getting sunny days. 

On May 31, which was another sunny day, the opening reception for "Ceramics and Ukiyo-e Masterpieces from the Hagi Uragami Museum" was held at Nezu Museum. 

On loan from the museum in Yamaguchi Prefecture, the exhibition consists of over 60 pieces of fine Chinese and Korean ceramics and ukiyo-e prints.  It is only 1% of Mr. Uragami's extensive collection, and it is simply amazing that one individual person has achieved such an unparalleled  collection.   

The ceramics range from 2900 BC to the 19th Century AD which is an interesting showcase of the history of the regions.  Even if you don't know much about the ceramics, you will just be impressed with the beauty of them hand-picked by the connoisseur collector.  And the amazing, also well-preserved, ukiyo-e collection includes some of the best works by the most known  ukiyo-e artists such as Hokusai, Sharaku and Hiroshige. 

If you are in Tokyo and wish to see a great Ukiyo-e collection, this is the place to be.  The exhibition is from June 1 to July 15, 2013.