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KANSAI

‘Edo’s Four Seasons: Seasonal Events and Scenes of Daily Life in Ukiyo-e’

MOA Museum of Art

by Marie Omata

Staff Writer

During the Edo Period (1603-1867), celebrating the characteristics of the four seasons was a popular past time, and it involved hosting traditional events that people still enjoy today. These include hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) in the spring, the Tanabata star festival in summer, tsukimi (moon viewing) in autumn, and yukimi (snow-viewing) in winter.

These activities often became subjects for ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints) artists — a way for them to express tradition through the beauty of nature. Such ukiyo-e works are the focus of this show, which offers a glimpse of Edo-style life and includes “Women and Events of the 12 Months,” a famous work by Katsuwaka Shunsho; June 14-July 23.

MOA Museum of Art; (0557) 84-2511; 26-2 Momoyama-cho, Atami, Shizuoka; Atami Station, JR Lines. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ¥1,600. Closed Thu. www.moaart.or.jp/en