Katsushika Hokusai: A world-renowned artist !

Created in 1982, the Ukiyo-e Museum in Matsumoto contains Japan’s largest private collection of Ukiyo-e art. Assembled over more than five generations by the Sakai family, the Ukiyo-e Museum collection includes original works by famous Ukiyo-e artists such as Utagawa Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai.

Ukiyo-e is a culturally significant artistic movement which flourished in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868) and is comprised of many colorful ink-press woodblock prints from this era. The term Ukiyo-e means “picture of the floating world”.

Katsushika Hokusai is most famous for his Ukiyo-e series entitled “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji”. This serie includes the now iconic world-over work “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”.

Discover this traditional Japanese art, which became a great source of inspiration for famous western artists such as Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh!