Visit one of the only museums dedicated to the Japanese art of ukiyo-e
The Ota Memorial Museum of Art is dedicated to the genre of Japanese art known as ukiyo-e, which translates to “pictures of the floating world." The art form thrived from the 17th through 19th centuries and is often synonymous with woodblock prints. This museum was founded in 1980 after the death of ukiyo-e collector Seizo Ota, whose dying wish was to make his private collection accessible to the public.
The vast collection is comprised of 12,000 pieces, including works by Katsushika Hokusai, one of Japan’s most famous artists. Each month, 70 pieces from the collection are displayed in a small themed exhibit. The museum also organizes occasional lectures and offers grants to those interested in researching ukiyo-e. There is a serene Japanese-style rock garden within the museum where visitors can rest.