Hokusai’s recently rediscovered drawings for an illustrated encyclopedia are as captivating as they are rare. With the help of colleagues around the world, curator Alfred Haft takes a closer look at the research that is starting to illuminate their mysterious story.
24 February 2021
Hear from a range of women working at the Museum as they shed light on their specialisms, career trajectories and the inspirational power of Rachel Weisz.
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.
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.
23 October 2019
Tim Clark details some of the fascinating objects and stories that are on show in our free displays on the historic region of Nara in west-central Japan
16 August 2019
Author Helen McCarthy discusses how Tezuka Osamu helped to drive the manga revival and the development of the Japanese comic into a global phenomenon.
24 July 2019
Our current major exhibition explores Japanese manga and the variety of stories they tell. But storytelling through art is nothing new. Humans have long used pictures to communicate their greatest tales. Here we discover the stories told through nine different objects from around the world and throughout human history.
3 June 2019
As we open the Citi exhibition Mangaマンガ, exhibition curator Nicole Rousmaniere explores eight very different genres of manga, from boys’ love to adventure and explains why there’s a manga for everyone…
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…
20 December 2018
We’ve rounded up 12 objects from across the Museum’s collection that capture the magic of winter. From 13,000-year-old reindeer to fur coats and cold-weather prints, discover some of the Museum’s wonderful winter objects…
5 December 2018
Modern manga is a global phenomenon, but its roots stretch back further than you might imagine. Ryōko Matsuba and Alfred Haft introduce the history of the genre in 12 key works.
26 September 2018
Organics conservator Tania Desloge discusses the conservation work undertaken on a newly acquired set of samurai armour.
22 February 2018
Tavian Hunter explores the Museum’s Asia collection to uncover six examples of black presence and connections within Asian works of art.
13 February 2018
For Valentine’s Day, we’ve compiled 14 sensational smooches and other symbols of love from around the world. Pucker up…
31 October 2017
Cultural anthropologist Veronica Strang, Executive Director of the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Durham, reveals the widespread role of water serpent beings in religious belief and ritual across the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 May 2017
People are living longer than ever before and society is constantly reevaluating what it means to be ‘old’. Exhibition Curator Tim Clark reveals why Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave focuses on the last 30 years of the artist’s extraordinarily long life.
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.
31 January 2017
Kyoko Kusunoki joined the Hirayama Studio last year as Conservator of Japanese Paintings. In this blog Kyoko discusses some of the projects she has been working on, including preparing for the exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave.
10 January 2017
The new special exhibition for 2017, Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave (25 May – 13 August 2017), explores the work of Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), considered by many to be Japan’s greatest artist.