Hokusai—The Teacher-Student Showdown !

The number of students 200 !?

Press release The Sumida Hokusai Museum


We will hold a special exhibition to

Hokusai—The Teacher-Student Showdown !

 on view from 4 February - 5 April 2020




Hokusai is a big name, of course, famed as the iconic Edo-period ukiyo-e artist. Less well known, however, is that he had some 200 students and students of students. Hokusai does not seem to have been the type to coach his students in great detail, but he did draw out their abilities and train many masterly artists. This exhibition presents a selection from the collection to pair works in which Hokusai and his students depicted the same theme. Comparing them, we can explore each artist’s style and influences on them.


Works by Hokusai and his students are categorized by theme into the four sections of the exhibition: The Human Figure, Landscapes, Animals, and Miscellany. In each, visitors can compare works by Hokusai and his students.



Exhibition Structure

Section 1. The Human Figure

Section 2. Landscapes

Section 3. Animals

Section 4. Miscellany



Exhibition Highlights

The number of students 200 !?

This exhibition does more than present Hokusai’s genius. It encourages us to think about these students, searching for their own painting styles in the presence of that great master, and introduces fascinating works by his students that until now had been in his shadow. The rivalry between that Hokusai and his students painted is a delight to behold.


Let’s Showdown !


From Section 1. The Human Figure


Hokusai depicted people of all sorts, from ordinary people who were his contemporaries to historical figures. His students studied the shapes of the faces of the people Hokusai depicted, their poses, and other aspects of their master’s style in producing their own work.


Katsushika Hokusai


Kamakura no Gongorō Kagemasa and Torinoumi Yasaburō Yasunori (1 term) (Right:detail)



Manjirō Hokuga


Strange Tales of the Bow Moon, Simplified Image: Yamao (the Wolf) Bites a Huge Serpent for His Lord’s Sake and Dies in the Mountains (1 term) (Right:detail)


M anjirō Hokuga: Hokusai’s Student? Or Gosei’s?

His many extant works are in the Katsushika style, and he is said to have been Hokusai’s student, but since he used the Hokuga name, which had also been used by Hōtei Gosei, some argue that he was Gosei’s student.



Exhibition Overview


Exhibition title: Hokusai—The Teacher-Student Showdown!

Term:4 February - 5 April 2020

1 Term:[Tue] 4 February – [Sun] 8 March 2020

2 Term:[Tue] 10 March – [Sun] 5 April 2020

Hours: 9:30-17:30 (last admission 17:00)

Closed: Every Monday The following day if it is a national holiday.

Open: Mon 24 Feb Closed: Tue 25 Feb 2020

Organizers:Sumida City, The Sumida Hokusai Museum

ContactThe Sumida Hokusai Museum



Admission Fees: 

Adults H.S / Univ. Students 65 and over J.H.S Students Disabled peoples Elementary school students
Individual \1,000 \700 \700 \300 \300 Free
Group \800 \560 \560 \240 \240 Free

*Group admission applies to 20 or more paying adults. *Junior high, high school, and university students (including technical college, vocational school, and special training college students) will be requested to show student ID. *Adults 65 and over will be requested to show a document verifying age. *Persons with a certificate such as the following plus one accompanying person are admitted discount of charge: physical disability, intellectual disability, rehabilitation, mentally handicapped health and welfare, atomic bomb victim health notebook, etc. (Please show your certificate at time of admission.) *Use of these tickets is limited to the day on which the exhibition is visited and allow you to see all exhibition room including AURORA (Permanent exhibition room), too. You can buy tickets at booths of Ticket Today.



The Sumida Hokusai Museum

Hour9:30-17:30(Last admission 17:00)

Colsed:Every Monday

Address:2-7-2 Kamezawa, Sumida-ku,Tokyo, 130-0014, Japan 


web site: https://hokusai-museum.jp/taiketsu/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HokusaiMuseum





*5-minute walk from the Toei Oedo Line Ryogoku Station A3 exit

*9-minute walk from JR Sobu Line Ryogoku Station East exit

*5-minute by Sumida Loop Bus from the JR Sobu Line Kinshicho Station North exit





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