In recent years, walking around the city with its unique topographical aspects, such as high ground and low ground, slopes and undulating terrain, is often covered on television and in books, and has gradually gained a quiet popularity. We can enjoy a stroll in Tokyo while experiencing different elevations and the special characteristics of Musashino Plateau in the west, the low-lying land lying to the east, rivers such as the Kanda river and Meguro river and the valleys along the traces of the ancient rivers. Ukiyo-e artists such as Utagawa Hiroshige often portrayed the city of Edo with landscape pictures that demonstrated an awareness of these topographical aspects. Although the townscape is now greatly different from the Edo Period, the hills, valleys and slopes remain almost unchanged in present Tokyo. This exhibition focuses on such topographical features of Edo depicted in ukiyo-e. By looking at ukiyo-e and comparing the topographical characteristics of Edo and present Tokyo, we hope that you can feel much closer to the landscapes of Edo.
Walking the hills and valleys of Edo
June 1, 2019 to June 26, 2019