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Gallery of traditional ukiyo-e artworks opens near Tokyo

A gallery with a collection of about 4,000 Japanese traditional ukiyo-e artworks opens in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Dec. 3, 2019. (Kyodo)

KAWASAKI, Japan (Kyodo) -- A gallery with a collection of about 4,000 Japanese traditional ukiyo-e artworks opened in Kawasaki on Tuesday as the city just west of Tokyo's Haneda airport aims to attract more tourists.

"Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji" by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), which includes the iconic piece "The Great Wave off Kanagawa," and "Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road," a series of woodblock prints by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), are among the collection, according to a city-affiliated body managing the gallery.

Located in the center of the city, the gallery will regularly display about 50 to 70 pieces from its collection, the management body said, adding that the collection includes some rare pieces.

During the special exhibition through late January to commemorate the opening, the gallery features works in the early years of ukiyo-e's history from the late 17th century through the late 18th century, including those of Hishikawa Moronobu and Suzuki Harunobu.

The city decided to set up the gallery after a private museum in Kawasaki rented the ukiyo-e works to the city government free of charge. The works were collected by Fumio Saito, a 91-year-old former member of the House of Councillors from Kawasaki, the management body said.

The entrance fee is 500 yen ($4).

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