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KANSAI

‘Utagawa Hiroshige’s Ukiyo-e of Flowers and Birds’

Himeji City Museum of Art

by Jordan Sievers

Staff Writer

Utagawa Hiroshige, one of the most prominent figures of ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock printing), is particularly well known for his skillful color composition and artistic presentation of landscapes. His iconic imagery has spread to many nations, directly influencing famous artists such as the Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh — and it is still being used in popular culture today.

One of Hiroshige’s most famous works, and the focus of this exhibition, is “The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido,” a series of prints depicting landscapes and travelers based on his own traveling experiences. Approximately 270 of Hiroshige’s prints will be on display in this exhibition, which makes it one of his largest shows to date. Nov. 2-Dec. 15.

Himeji City Museum of Art; 68-25 Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo. Himeji Stn. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon. 079-222-2288; www.city.himeji.lg.jp/art