Our annual exhibition of the Horiuchi Ebisu Collection coincides with the “Toka Ebisu Festival” held at Nishinomiya-jinja Shrine. This year’s exhibition ‘The Auspicious Ukiyo-e’ features ukiyo-e depicting the Seven Deities of Good Fortune.
Ukiyo-e originated in the middle of the Edo period (the 18th century) as an art which is closely related to people’s lives. Since ukiyo-e were mass-produced woodblock prints distributed as products that could be easily purchased by the general public, popular themes were chosen as the subjects.
Mr. Horiuchi Kiyoshi, a collector of the works related to deity Ebisu, collected ukiyo-e prints on which the deity Ebisu and other deities of good fortune were depicted in humorous ways. These familiar and auspicious ukiyo-e printings were enjoyed by the people of the time who hoped to have good fortune. They were also used as decorations for the home. The designs portray good fortune that people sought in the past and continue to seek today.
Please enjoy these delightful ukiyo-e, which are perfect for welcoming the New Year.
※ About Horiuchi Ebisu Collection
The Horiuchi Ebisu Collection was collected over many years by the late Dr. Horiuchi Kiyoshi (1924 – 2009). He was a local historian as well as a doctor of medical science. Born and raised in Nishinomiya, his collection consists mainly of works of art related to the deity Ebisu, other deities of good fortune, historical documents of local history and customs and manners.
I’m deeply interested in the works of art depicting the four seasons and the items that make me feel the history.
Look! Various exhibitions are held as well as those related to sake and sakura!!