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Art / Mixed Media | Hiroshima

Itsukushima in Art: An Enchanting Voyage Through a Sacred Land

The island of Itsukushima, also known as Miyajima of Aki, is located northwest of Hiroshima Bay. Historically known as a sacred place, it was often visited by nobles, including Tairano Kiyomori, a military leader of the late Heian Period (794-1185) who helped rebuild the island's shrine in 1168. During the Edo Period (1603-1868), the island also began to attract other kinds of travelers and became known as the "land of enjoyment."

A folding screen painting of Itsukushima is the centerpiece of this exhibition, which includes "Aki of the Famous Scenes of the Sixty States" by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) and other ukiyo-e and print books from the Edo Period.

Visitors can also enjoy a view of Itsukushima as it is today from the museum's terrace. (Yukari Tanaka)