Floating Worlds: Japanese Woodcuts

28 September 2019 to 12 January 2020

Free with Brighton Museum admission, members and residents free

Kunisada (Toyokuni III). A group of actors. c 1852

Come with us on a journey to explore the ‘floating worlds’ of Japan through woodblock prints from the Edo period (1615-1868). The style of prints on display is known as Ukiyo-e, which means ‘pictures of the floating world’. Ukiyo-e prints show pleasurable activities in beautiful surroundings and often have deeper meanings.

Guided by haiku poetry, the exhibition invites you to mindfully experience the sights of 19th century Japan. Explore the city of Edo (now called Tokyo), visit the Kabuki theatre, watch fireworks and peek into private spaces. To get some air, take a stroll through the Japanese countryside, see the sea or climb high into the mountains.

Accompanying events

Floating Worlds, Mindful Yoga – Thursday 10 October & Thursday 12 December

Poetry reading – Thursday 24 October

Shodo & Shakyo: Japanese calligraphy taster sessions – Fridays 25 October & 29 November

Tai Chi taster sessions – Saturdays 16 November, 7 December & 11 January

Meditation for wellbeing – Thursdays 14 & 21 November

Web App

We have developed a web app that visitors can use for accessible content in-gallery. This includes audio description of the labels and a BSL video introduction.

The app can be accessed through your web browser with a smartphone, and does not need to be downloaded or installed.

The app may be used on other devices, but please note that the design and functionality are optimised for smartphone use.

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