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《Exhibition》Japanese Books of the Floating World: Early Edo Period Illustrated Books (10/1-11/11)




In the Edo period, Japan was one of the largest publishing countries in the world. It is said that one of the reasons why books, which had been intended for study and gifts, became widely popular among the townspeople was because of their interesting stories and illustrations. This exhibition introduces a variety of illustrations found in “books in kana” (kanazōshi) and “books of the floating world” (ukiyozōshi), focusing on the culture of publication and circulation of books in the Edo period that gave rise to the common and popular through the elegant and beautiful.


Venue:Exhibition room, Center for Scholarly Information 2F
Date:from 1st October 2021 to 11th November 2021
Opening hours:10:00am – 6:00pm

  • Admission free
  • Closed on Sundays (except 10/24、11/7)
  • Closing at 5:00pm on 10/24、11/5、11/6、11/7


For preventing COVID-19, read “Important notice regarding the exhibition” in advance when visiting.

List of Exhibits

Ise monogatari、Bunsho-soshi、Chikusai、Heiji monogatari、Nise monogatari、Eyiri-Genji-monogatari、Kyowarabe、Tokaido meisho no ki、Yoshiwara-komazarai、Hachikazuki、Atariya shitajihon doiya、Edo-suzume、Koshoku-ichidai-otoko、Koshoku-ichidai-otoko、Koshoku-yedo-murasaki、Yamaji-no-stuyu、Budo-denrai-ki、Nippon-eitai-gura、Chushin- migawari-monogatari、Seken-mune-sanyo、Hyakunin-isshu’zo san sho、Yakusha-kuchi-jyamisen、Wakakusa-genji-monogatari、Iro-hiina-gata、Kontan-iroasobi-futokoro-otoko

Virtual Museum

Some materials are also available online.

A special commentary video on this exhibition was just released. It is narrated by Professor Nakajima Takashi, a specialist in the literature of the Edo period, from the Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences of Waseda University. We are sure that you will enjoy it.

Please note that the above information is subject to change due to COVID-19. Please check the latest information as appropriate.
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