Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters:
Japanese Prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi from the Arthur R. Miller Collection

March 12, 2010
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Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s vivid scenes from history and legend, wildly popular 150 years ago, are a major influence on the work of today’s manga and anime artists. This exhibition features over 130 dramatic depictions of giant spiders, skeletons and toads; Chinese ruffians; women warriors; haggard ghosts; and desperate samurai combat.

Admission:  $12
students & seniors $10;
Japan Society members and children under 16 FREE.
Admission is FREE to all on Friday nights , 6-9 PM.

Japan Society is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museum program, a partnership among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and more than 700 museums, to offer free Gallery admission for all active duty military personnel and their families.*

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD Form 1173, or a DD Form 1173-1, which includes active duty military and five immediate family members, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve. Immediate family members under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an appropriate ID holder.

*From May 29, 2010 through the duration of the current exhibition.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday through Thursday 11 AM – 6 PM
Friday 11 AM – 9 PM
Saturday & Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM
The gallery is closed on Mondays.


Related Events

Konnichiwa Friends Family Tours of
Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters:
Japanese prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Saturday, June 12
2 PM — 3 PM
Brutes, Beauties & Beasts:
Drawing inspiration from Kuniyoshi with Hiroki Otsuka

Saturdays, June 5, June 12
11 AM — 1 PM


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Japan Society’s First Annual Manga Competition
March 24- May 1, 2010
Submit your own previously unpublished manga and win prizes from Japan Society and Kinokuniya bookstore.
The fully illustrated catalogue of this exhibition will be available for purchase at the exhibition or can be ordered through the PDF Order Form.

Docent-led walk-in tours are conducted Tuesday-Sunday at 12:30 pm. Japanese language tours are conducted Friday nights at 6 pm by appointment only. Tours are free with admission and approximately 30 minutes in duration.

Group tours can be arranged by calling (212) 715-1224.

Impressions Features Essays on Kuniyoshi
The current issue of Impressions (number 31, 2010) includes informative background essays about prints in the current Kuniyoshi exhibition. Impressions is the annual journal of the Japanese Art Society of America (JASA), joint promoters of our April 17 Symposium on Kuniyoshi.

Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters: Japanese Prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi from the Arthur R. Miller Collection has been organized by the Royal Academy of Arts in collaboration with Arthur R. Miller and The British Museum. Prints from the Miller Collection have been generously loaned to Japan Society by the American Friends of The British Museum.

Support for this exhibition at Japan Society is provided by Chris A. Wachenheim, Edward and Anne Studzinski, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Education programs for Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters are funded by the Japanese Art Dealers Association.

Media sponsorship is provided by 

Exhibitions at Japan Society are made possible in part by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund and the Friends of the Gallery, and with ongoing support from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.

Japan Society also wishes to thank The W.L.S. Spencer Foundation for its catalogue support.


  • March 12, 2010 – June 13, 2010