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