Horiuchi Ebisu Collection

The Auspicious Ukiyo-e

Dec. 7 (Wed.),2022 Jan. 15 (Sun.),2023
Please print out the flyer and bring it with you to get a 20% discount on your admission.

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Nishinomiya, his collection consists mainly of works of art related to the deity Ebisu, other deities of good fortune, historical documents of local history and customs and manners.

The Seven Deities of Good Fortune
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Money Tree

Dec. 7 (Wed.),2022 Jan. 15 (Sun.),2023
Tuesdays (The museum will be open on January 10 [Tue.], 2023).
※The Year-end and New Year holidays: December 30 (Fri.) - January 3 (Tue.), 2023
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Admission until 4:30 p.m.)
General Admission: 500 yen
Junior High and Elementary School Students: 250 yen
(Combination ticket for Kinen-kan and Sakagura-kan)
・Group(over 20 visitors): 400 yen each
・Residents of Nishinomiya City over 65yrs old (with official ID): 250 yen
・Admission is free for a student upon presentation of Hyogokko Kokoron card
・A discounted admission appliles to a visitor with a disability (with official ID) and his/her caregiver.

Other Exhibitions on View

  • Sake Reference Room

The Architectural History of Sake Breweries

Period: Dec. 7 (Wed.) - Jan. 15 (Sun.), 2023
Jan. 28 (Sat.) - Mar. 5 (Sun.)
This exhibition introduces the evolution of sake brewery architecture through illustrations, drawings, and photographs, which ranges from the wooden sake breweries of the Edo period (1603-1867), the brick and concrete breweries of the Meiji (1868-1912) and Showa periods (1926-1989), the breweries for year-round brewing that met the increased demand during the period of rapid economic growth, and to the more diversified breweries of recent years.
  • Sasabe Sakura Reference Room

The Culture that Influenced the Man of Sakura

Period: Dec. 7 (Wed.) - Jan. 15 (Sun.), 2023
Jan. 28 (Sat.) - Mar. 5 (Sun.)
Sasabe Shintaro, known as the "Man of Sakura," was born in Dojima, Kitashinchi, Osaka, and grew up with a wide variety of cultural experiences including kabuki and kodan (storytelling). In such an environment, he became interested in the history and culture of cherry blossom trees as well as botanicals, unlike other botanical researchers.

This exhibition highlights the influence of Sasabe's upbringing and the people he met had on him.

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!!