Art / Openings Outside Tokyo

‘Play with Ukiyo-e: Children’s and Toy Ukiyo-e in the Edo Period from the Collection of Kumon’

HIROSHIMA PREFECTURAL ART MUSEUM

by Yukari Tanaka

Jan. 5-Feb. 12

Ukiyo-e woodblock prints are widely known for their vibrant portrayals of Edo Period (1603-1867) culture, in particular for illustrations of beautiful women, kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers, but they also often illustrated the joys of family life.

Through 170 works, this exhibition presents warm and tender images of children at play, shows of parental affection and “toy prints,” designed for children to look at or play with.

Included are scroll works, folding screens, toys and other items that evoke good luck and happiness — a theme specially chosen to celebrate the new year.

Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum; 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima. Shukkeien-mae Stn. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Fri. till 7 p.m.). ¥1,200. 082-221-6246; www.hpam.jp