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OUTSIDE TOKYO

‘Hokusai from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’

Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts

by Marie Omata

Staff Writer

Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849), one of Japan’s best-known Edo Period ukiyo-e (woodblock print) artists, has garnered admiration from across the world for more than a century. His prints are still sought after by collectors and he was the only Japanese to be selected by Life Magazine to be included in its publication “Life millennium: the 100 most important events and people of the past 1,000 years.”

This exhibition presents 140 rare works from the collection of the Boston Museum, which first introduced Hokusai’s prints to the West in 1892-93. As works rarely publicly shown until recent years, these prints are in unusually prime condition. Now, 120 years later, they have returned to their homeland; Dec. 21-March 23.

Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts; 1-1-1 Kanayama-cho, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi. Kanayama Stn. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat., Sun. holiday till 5 p.m.). ¥1,200. Closed Mon. 052-684-0101; www.nagoya-boston.or.jp/english