Apr 1
May 28

Cats in Ukiyo-e Exhibition

10:30am – 5:30pm
¥1,200 (on the door)

Throughout history in Japan, there’s always been a fascination with felines, and before the days of viral kitten videos, they had to get creative.

This is most likely why cats are one of the most common animals found in ukiyo-e, a style of Japanese woodblock printing that was popular during the Edo period (1603-1868), and are often shown in peculiar or amusing situations.

In this exhibition at Ōta Memorial Museum of Art, you’ll get to see these works firsthand, including art by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Utagawa Hiroshige, and Tsukioka Yoshitoshi. Visitors can see how these artists portray cats in different settings, from domestic scenes to depictions of mythical creatures.


The exhibition will be split into two terms. The first will be from April 1 to 25, and the second will be from April 29 to May 28.

The gallery will be closed on April 3, 10, 17, 24, 26-28 and May 1, 8, 15, 22.


Entry costs ¥1,200 for adults, ¥800 for university and high school students, and is free for junior high school students and below.

Photo by Utagawa Kuniyoshi “One-hundred Faces of Cats” via Ota Memorial Museum of Art
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