Opening Weekend for Wanderlust: Hiroshige's Journey Through the 60-odd Provinces
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This month we opened our latest exhibition Wanderlust: Hiroshige’s Journey Through the 60-odd Provinces with three days of celebration. From sake flights and culinary delights paired with select provinces, to a gallery walkthrough featuring some of our favorite designs, we invited guests to immerse themselves in Hiroshige’s Japan. A sincere thank you to Chef Hiroko Abe of Abento for making it such a special weekend!
The exhibition Wanderlust: Hiroshige’s Journey Through the 60-odd Provinces invites you to indulge your wanderlust through Hiroshige’s complete masterpiece series Famous Places in the 60-odd Provinces (1853-1856). Through the crashing surf at the caves of Enoshima and across the Monkey Bridge nestled high within an autumn canopy, 60-odd Provinces promises a journey that brims with adventure and awe. At Hiroshige’s hand, each of Japan’s 68 historical provinces come to life through a spectrum of natural wonders, regional specialties, and popular pilgrimage destinations. Infused with the values of Edo’s floating world and the 19th-century zeal for travel, these meisho-e (famous place pictures) urge the armchair traveler to discover what’s waiting just beyond each horizon line. Assembled over many years, this set includes all 69 designs of the series as well as the title page.
Satsuma-imo Salad (Sweet potato with smoked salmon) paired with Satsuma Province. Today, Kagoshima Prefecture (former Satsuma Province) is still the largest producer of Satsuma-imo sweet potatoes. Catering by Abento.
Katsuo Tataki with Ponzu (skipjack tuna with citrus soy) paired with Tosa Province. Bonito, or skipjack tuna, was a local specialty and important export for Tosa Province. Catering by Abento.
Ronin Gallery President David Libertson with Chef Hiroto Abe of Abento.
Gallery Director Madison Folks introduces the exhibition during a gallery walkthrough.
Connect past and present with our map of Japan’s historical provinces. While one side offers a map corresponding to the print numbers on the wall, the other compares several of Hiroshige’s prints to the same location today. From river cruises to natural wonders, the map will spark inspiration for your next trip to Japan.
Couldn’t make it to the festivities? Wanderlust: Hiroshige’s Journey Through the 60-odd Provinces will be on view in the gallery through April 28th and online here. Want to learn more about the series and travel culture during Hiroshige’s time? Check out our catalog on Issuu here.