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Updated: July 1, 2019

Life with blue – ‘Edo Blue’ in Imari Ware 青のある暮らし-江戸を染める伊万里焼-

Toguri Museum of Art, 1-11-3 Shoto, Shibuya City, Tokyo
2019-7-2 - 2019-9-22

Edo’s trademark color as found in Imari Ware porcelain

The central appeal of Imari Ware, Japan’s first original style of porcelain invented in the early 17th century, is its blue patterning subtly blending into a glazed white base. Over the years, this approach to colored ceramics developed as the craft was refined, and the essence of the blue coloring changed with it. Imari Ware played its part in making the color blue ubiquitous in the lives of the people of Edo. This exhibition showcases Imari Ware, showing how it helped make blue the trademark color of Edo life. It is held as part of a joint project carried out in collaboration with Ota Memorial Museum of Art.

How to Get There

  • Shibuya Station | Hachiko Exit | 15 min on foot
    JR Yamanote Line
  • Shinsen Station | North Exit | 10 min on foot
    Inokashira Line

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Opening Hours

  • 10:00-17:00
    *Open until 20:00 on Fridays.
    *Last admission 30 minutes before closing
  • Closed Mondays
    *Open on the following Mondays: July 15, July 22, August 12, August 26, and September 16
    *Closed on the following Tuesdays: July 16, August 13, and September 17




*Discounts available for students

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Facility Info

  • Restrooms |
  • English |
  • English |
  • Automated external defibrillator (AED) | Automatic doors | Handrails | Floor height difference in facility |

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