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Ukiyo-e Exhibit & Art Talk at Yume Japanese Gardens

TUCSON, ARIZONA March 9, 2021 – An exhibition showcasing reproductions of the complete series of Hiroshige's The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō will be on display at Yume Japanese Gardens from March 25 through May 9, 2021.

Iconic Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) was one of the great masters of the Japanese landscape woodblock print. Between 1833 and 1834, he produced a series of prints illustrating the travelers' main stopping points along the imperial road called the Tōkaidō ("the Eastern Sea Road"), which connected the Shogun’s administrative capital in Edo (modern Tōkyō) with the emperor’s palace in Kyōto. By Hiroshige’s time, the road was a popular scenic route, marked by many temples, shrines, shops, and inns, which he made famous through his prints.

The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō series is a timeless masterpiece of vibrant scenes representing daimyō's (noble feudal lord's) lifestyle, realistic images of ordinary people's daily life, and seasonal landscapes. These prints served as travel souvenirs and guidebook, as well as advertisement to would-be travelers. 

In collaboration with the Tucson Museum of Art, the gardens will also feature Adrienne O’Hare as she presents an Art Talk on Ukiyo-e, “Pictures of The Floating World,” a hedonistic world of Kabuki actors, courtesans and geisha. This event will occur Sunday, March 28, 2021 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

For more information, visit yumegardens.org or call or email Patricia Deridder at 520.272.3200 or yume.gardens@gmail.com.

Yume sets capacity limits to safeguard visitors and staff and observes Arizona Department of Health Services guidelines for COVID-19 management. Timed admission tickets, purchased online, are required for entry; physical distancing and facial coverings are also required, in all indoor and outdoor spaces.

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Yume Japanese Gardens and Museum of Tucson (www.yumegardens.org) is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, located at 2130 N. Alvernon Way. It features eight examples of classical Japanese landscape design, a replica traditional Japanese cottage, a museum of Japanese art and handicrafts, an art gallery, and gift shop. It also holds seasonal Japanese festivals and classes in Japanese popular arts.

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