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Mt.Fuji, Enoshima, Shichirigahama. Visit the stage of Ukiyo-e, now Fujisawa!

富士山、江ノ島、七里ガ浜。浮世絵の舞台を訪ねて、いざ藤沢!

(TOP image) "Figure of Sagami Enoshima pilgrimage Shichiri ga Hama Masakage" Hiroshige Utagawa * Fujisawa Ukiyoekan Collection

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File.13 Fujisawa Ukiyoekan
Miyuki Inoue (Magcal editorial department)

Ukiyo-e seems to be booming these days. Speaking of landscapes depicted in ukiyo-e, Mt. Fuji, Enoshima, Kawasaki Daishi and Hakone Sekisho ... are all in Kanagawa Prefecture! When I looked it up with that in mind, I found the Fujisawa Ukiyoekan in Fujisawa City.
5 minutes walk from JR Tsujido station. Moreover, admission is free. I have to go for this!

* The original scenery of Kanagawa Prefecture drawn in Ukiyo-e is also introduced here >>

The area around the north exit of Tsujido Station has been neatly maintained by a large-scale redevelopment, so the sidewalk is wide and easy to walk. We passed the fashionable shopping mall and arrived at "Coco Terrace Shonan", where the Ukiyoekan is located, in a blink of an eye while taking a walk.
First, take the elevator to the 7th floor.

"Fujisawa Ukiyoekan" collects and displays Ukiyo-e and related materials on the theme of Fujisawa-shuku on the Tokaido and Enoshima. It is said that it also holds successive Enoshima tourist pamphlets, so it can be said that it is a major feature that you can appreciate ukiyo-e as a local material as well as its value as a work of art.

The exhibition currently being held is "Hiroshige's Scenes 1st, 2nd, 3rd-From Edo to Meiji-" (until July 15, 2019).
Hiroshige Utagawa is the author of the famous "Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido". As a matter of course, many landscapes of the current city of Fujisawa such as Fujisawa-shuku, Enoshima, and Shichirigahama are drawn.
By the way, since the first Hiroshige was already at the end of the Edo period, the second and third generations were active during the transition period from Edo to the Meiji era. It feels a little strange to think that Ukiyo-e was drawn even in such a turbulent era.

Ukiyo-e is mainly based on people and customs, and it seems that only Hiroshige's group has established the style of "landscape painting" that we think of today and actively painted it. Ukiyo-e is different from "shasei", which depicts the landscape realistically, but the work that is said to have been drawn after actually visiting the site and burning the landscape into the eyes has a unique charm.

In the video corner, you can see "Fujisawa Enoshima Ukiyo-e Famous Places Tour" where you can visit the spots in Fujisawa City depicted in Ukiyo-e and compare them with the current scenery. The bold deformation is a charm unique to Ukiyo-e, and the landscape of the town itself has changed significantly from the time of Hiroshige to the present. Even so, when I visit the scenery that was the stage again, it is interesting because there is a part that I feel "I see."
This is a must-see!

"Only celebrities such as Utamaro and Hokusai are attracting attention, but in reality, as many ukiyo-e artists as there were stars were active at the same time. Since we collect ukiyo-e from the perspective of" local history ", , Famous or unknown, I think you can enjoy a wide range of ukiyo-e worlds. "
And curator Ryosuke Masuda.

Because the facility is compact, you can appreciate it one by one. After all, it's free, so it's nice to be able to drop in casually during your walk.

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There is "Fujisawa City Art Space" on the floor just below the Ukiyoekan, so this is also recommended!

Currently, "Observation Eyes-Ikimono and Nature Draw by Shonan Illustrators-" is being held (until June 16th).
The works of the two illustrators based in Shonan are beautiful, cute, interesting, and a little scary ... very unique. This is also free to view, so please take a look!

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