These two special events will have you delving into Japanese art in two very different ways.

Tokyo is a city full of sights and attractions, with plenty of draws for art lovers from around the world. This winter, the city is hosting two events that are sure to enchant anyone with an interest in art, design and the history of Japanese cuisine.

 

Girls’ Stationery Fair 2018: A World of Kawaii

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Girls’ Stationery Fair 2018
Tokyo Ryutsu Center, Second Exhibition Hall, Halls E & F, Tokyo
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OPEN: Friday, December 14, and Saturday, December 15, 10 am–5 pm (last entry 4 pm) Sunday, December 16, 10 pm–4 pm (last entry 3 pm)

The Delicious Art of Hokusai

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Utagawa Kunisada, The Pine Trees at Atake, from the series Women in Plaid as Benkei.

Collection: Ajinomoto Foundation for Dietary Culture

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Katsushika Hokusai, Monkfish

Best known for his iconic ukiyo-e print, The Great Wave, Katsushika Hokusai is one of the most famed artists in Japanese history. But there is more to Hokusai’s repertoire than this instantly recognizable image: he depicted a vast variety of subjects over his life, including lively renditions of the food culture in the Edo period.

Washoku, the traditional dietary culture of Japan, in fact has its roots during this time when Hokusai was active. Back in the Edo period, an extended peace meant agriculture and fishing made great strides, and a gourmet cuisine focusing on respecting fine ingredients and showcasing seasonal flavours was born. Through this special exhibition of the Hokusai Museum, visitors can trace the origins of Washoku food culture through the art of one of the country’s greatest masters and the work of his contemporaries. And, in collaboration with some participating cafés near the museum, visitors can even sample some authentic Edo-style cuisine. A true feast for the eyes and the stomach!

Hokusai and the Gourmet Greats of Edo

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OPEN: Tuesday–Sunday until January 20, 2019, 9:30 am–5:30 pm (last entry 5 pm)

SPECIAL HOURS: Open Monday onDecember 24 and January 14 • Closed December 25, December 29–January 1, and January 15