The Heroes-Chronicles of the Warriors :
Japanese Swords x Ukiyo-e from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston July 2nd (Sat.), 2022 - August 28th (Sun.), 2022

Opening in 1876, the centenary of the United States Declaration of Independence, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the most historic art museums in the USA. The Museum is known for its world-class collection of over 100,000 works of Japanese art. In particular, the roughly 50,000 ukiyo-e prints and close to 600 swords are known to be among the highest caliber in the world, both in quantity and quality.
Drawing from the MFA’s collection of ukiyo-e prints, this exhibition features 118 outstanding musha-e prints for the first time in Japan, alongside 27 tsuba sword mountings with the same imagery as the prints. Musha-e depicts heroes from military chronicles such as the Heike monogatari and other warrior legends. The exhibition brings together a number of ukiyo-e artists, from Hishikawa Moronobu, who is regarded as the founder of ukiyo-e prints, to Utagawa Kunisada, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, and Tsukioka Yoshitoshi of the Meiji period.
In addition, 20 famous swords from the mid-Heian period to the late Edo period, produced by master swordsmiths from Yamashiro, Yamato, Hōki and Bizen regions, are also presented in the exhibition. Please enjoy the beauty of iron that fascinated people in the West and the stories of heroes, alongside swords from collections in Japan including National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties, which are on display exclusively at the Shizuoka venue.

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  • Period

    July 2nd (Sat.), 2022 - August 28th (Sun.), 2022

  • Hours

    10:00-19:00 *Last admission: 30 minutes before closing time

  • Closed

    Mondays (except for July 18th (national holiday) and August 15th) and July 19th (Tue.)

Photography is allowed after 3pm
After 3pm, photography is allowed in the exhibition rooms, with the exception of some works on display.
Photography of School of Fukuoka Ichimonji: Sword of the katana type (S-6) is permitted throughout the day.

*Photography is not permitted all day for Rai Kuninaga: Sword of the tachi type (S-J11) and Osafune Nagamitsu: Sword of the tachi type (S-J10).
*Please refrain from filming videos and using flash, tripods and selfie sticks.
*Please do not touch the walls or display cases.
*Please take care not to disturb the other visitors around you.
*Please note that the museum staff may speak to you to ensure the safety and protection of the works.

〔Requests to Visitors to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus Infection〕
・Please refrain from visiting the museum if you are unwell, such as with symptoms of fever or cough.
・Please wear a face mask. *Children under the age of two are not required to wear a face mask.
・Please be aware that your temperature will be taken at the entrance of the museum.
・Please keep your distance from other visitors.
・Please wash your hands and disinfect your hands and fingers.
・Please refrain from talking in the exhibition rooms.


General ¥1,500 (¥1,300)
College students, High school students, Senior (70 and over) ¥1,100 (¥900)
Under High school students Free

*Admission in the parentheses is for groups of 20 or more.
*Admission is free for visitors with Disability Certificate.

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Shizuoka City /Shizuoka City Museum of Art; Shizuoka City Cultural Promotion Foundation /Museum of Fine Arts, Boston /Nikkei Inc. /Shizuoka Daiichi Television Corporation

With the Support of:
Shizuoka City Board of Education /Shizuoka Prefectural Board of Education /The Embassy of the United States of America

With the sponsorship of:
OBAYASHI CORPORATION /Dai Nippon Printing Co.,Ltd.

With the special sponsorship of:

With the cooperation of:

MFA 日本博