What’s on at the British Museum in 2022?
18 October 2021

Get a sneak peek at the British Museum’s 2022 special exhibitions as we take a first look at our shows on Stonehenge, hieroglyphs and feminine power.

Historical city travel guide: Osaka in the early 19th century
30 November 2020

Join us for a time-travelling trip back to Osaka, and visit the central Japanese city in the 19th century as we sample the best sushi in town, experience the wonders of Kabuki theatre and explore the city’s bustling markets.

Historical city travel guide: Edo (Tokyo), early 19th century
22 May 2020

We’re taking a trip back to early 19th-century Japan and visiting Edo – modern-day Tokyo – as curator Alfred Haft reveals the unmissable sights, the cuisine you’ve got to try and the best places to stay in this historical travel guide.

The Great Wave: spot the difference
10 May 2020

Scientific researcher Capucine Korenberg zooms in on Hokusai’s world-famous wave and explores how subtle changes in the impressions and design can tell us about the making of this masterpiece.

Make your own origami inspired by Japanese prints
29 April 2020

If you are looking for crafty things to do at home with the kids, try creating your own origami inspired by the Museum’s collection of Japanese prints. Based on the ancient art of Japanese paper folding, these designs and many more feature in Origami, Poems and Pictures, published by Nosy Crow, in collaboration with the British Museum.

Hokusai: the father of manga?
10 May 2019

Tim Clark discusses the origins of manga, and debates whether Hokusai could actually be said to be the father of modern day manga…

Hokusai in the world, then and now
26 July 2017

Angus Lockyer discusses the impact on modern art of Katsushika Hokusai – an artist whose work effortlessly moved between seen and unseen worlds.

The British Museum Membercast: a night at the Museum
6 July 2017

We invited Iszi Lawrence, comedian and Membercast presenter, to join our guests at a Young Friends’ sleepover and record her experience of spending a night at the Museum.

Hokusai and Ōi: art runs in the family
18 June 2017

Julie Nelson Davis discusses the remarkable relationship between Hokusai and his daughter Katsushika Ōi, an accomplished artist in her own right who supported and worked as Hokusai’s collaborator during the final two decades of his life.

Not fade away: preventive conservation on Hokusai prints
15 June 2017

Japanese woodblock prints in the 18th and 19th centuries were often produced using inks which can fade dramatically when exposed to light. Scientist Capucine Korenberg explains how she investigated the risks of displaying some of Hokusai’s most iconic prints.

Hokusai in Ultra HD: Great Wave, big screen
2 June 2017

A new film, the first documentary in English on Hokusai, brought the works of Japan’s greatest artist to the big screen across the UK and Ireland in 2017. Director Patricia Wheatley discusses Hokusai’s lasting influence, and how 8K technology has provided greater insight into his immortal skill.

Making waves
25 April 2017

Take a closer look at one of the most famous artworks in the world. The Great Wave was created in 1831 but has had a remarkable influence on art ever since. Here are some key facts you might not know about this iconic masterpiece.

British Museum presents: Hokusai – coming to a cinema near you this summer
22 March 2017

Coming to a cinema near you this summer, the British Museum brings the works of Hokusai to the big screen.