ITOCHU Announces New Project at ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE Commemorating “HOKUSAI UPDATED” at Mori Arts Center Gallery “Technical Hokusai Exhibition -Art and beauty of evolving Ukiyoe woodblock prints-”

November 21, 2018

ITOCHU Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Yoshihisa Suzuki, President & COO; hereinafter “ITOCHU”) opened ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE in 2012, aspiring to encourage future generations, contribute to local communities and promote art and culture both domestically and internationally as part of its social contribution activities.
A number of exhibitions have since been held in this space.

ITOCHU is proud to sponsor “HOKUSAI UPDATED,” to be held at Mori Arts Center Gallery (Minato-ku, Tokyo) from Thursday, January 17, 2019, as part of its support for the Mécénat activities.
To commemorate this event, on the same day, ITOCHU will open “Technical Hokusai exhibition -Art and beauty of evolving Ukiyoe woodblock prints-” at ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE, aspiring to contribute to the creation of local culture.

At ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE, in contrast to Mori Arts Center Gallery, Hokusai’s masterpieces and the secrets of their production are introduced through Adachi’s reprinted Ukiyoe woodblock prints, focusing on the production technique of Ukiyoe woodblock prints.
Moreover, an original woodcut (today’s Ukiyoe woodblock prints) created by today’s Horishi (carver)/Surishi (printer) who has inherited the technique and an artist who is active in Japan and overseas is also exhibited.
Please come and see the appeal of traditional woodcut technique that is evolving even as it is being preserved.

Technical Hokusai Exhibition -Art and beauty of evolving Ukiyoe woodblock prints-

Sponsor ITOCHU Corporation
Co-sponsor The Adachi Foundation for the Preservation of Woodcut Printing
Planning Cooperation NHK Promotions Inc.
Period & Hours Thursday, January 17, 2019 to Saturday, February 16, 2019
11:00 am to 7:00 pm No holidays during the term
Admission Free
Itochu Garden B1F, 3-1, Kita-aoyama 2-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0061
TEL&FAX 03-5772-2913

Event during the period

Saturday, February 2, Demonstration and experience of Ukiyoe woodblock printing
Learn about Hokusai and the appeal of Ukiyoe woodblock prints through a printing demonstration and experience of Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa.”

Time ①11:15 am to 1:15 pm (for children, with experience, qualifying age: 6 to 15)
②2:30 pm to 4:00 pm (demonstration only)
Entry fee Free
Capacity ①20 persons (40 including parental guardians)
②About 50 persons
How to participate Advance application (Applications to: ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE)
Instructor Surishi (printer) from The Adachi Foundation for the Preservation of Woodcut Printing

Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” that comes back into existence through woodblock artisanship

Exhibition of wooden printing block and printing order

“Hokusai’s colored spectacles”
Katsumi Asaba

“Famous Places of the Eastern Capital, Large tower in Shiba”
Akira Yamaguchi

“Shy monkey”
N.S. Harsha


Period Thursday, January 17, 2019 to Sunday, March 24, 2019 *The exhibition will change during the period
Venue Mori Arts Center Gallery (52nd floor of Mori tower, Roppoingi Hills)