Art Exhibition and Lectures at Zuiganji: Painters of the Tohoku Region (Part I)

The Department of Oriental and Japanese Art History at Tohoku University's Graduate School of Arts and Letters, has organized a two-part art exhibition at the historic Zuiganji Temple, featuring "Painters of the Tohoku Region."


Influenced by two environmental factors - "class" and "region of origin" - painters from the Tohoku region who were active during the Edo period, developed various sensibilities and tastes.

Some of these artists went to Edo and Kyoto for further training, while others went to Nagasaki, which was a window to foreign countries and culture. The expressions of their paintings, therefore, were not limited to those of the local areas, and many of them left behind works that were considered cutting-edge and unique for their time.

This two-part exhibition highlights the works of painters who were born and raised in the six Tohoku prefectures and explores how their regional characteristics and enterprising spirit influenced their art.

Part one runs until the end of August, and focuses on artists from Akita, Yamagata and Fukushima.

Painters of the Tohoku Region Part I
Exhibition period: June 15 - August 31, 2022
Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Note that entry to Zuiganji Temple closes at 4:30 p.m.

Venue: Zuiganji Temple (91, Aza-machiuchi, Matsushima-cho, Miyagi Prefecture)
Admission: 700 yen for adults, 300 yen for elementary and junior high school students.


In conjunction with the exhibition, there will also be three lectures and a panel discussion on July 31, by art experts from around the Tohoku region. Please note that the lectures and panel session will be entirely in Japanese.

Date and time: July 31 (Sat), 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Venue: Zuiganji Daisyoin (大書院)
To register: (or call Zuiganji at 022-354-2023).
Maximum capacity: 50 people


10:30 - 11:20 a.m. Mami Oono
Curator, Cultural Promotion Division, Sukagawa City, Fukushima Prefecture
Topic: Hirose Mosai and the Painters of the Shirakawa Clan

1 - 1:50 p.m. Kaede Suganuma
Curator, Niigata City Art Museum
Topic: Painters of the Akita Clan

2 - 2:50 p.m. Yoshihisa Sugimoto
Associate Professor, Tohoku University Graduate School of Arts and Letters / Exhibition Supervisor
Topic: Painters of the Tohoku Region - Focusing on the Yamagata Clan

3 - 3:30 p.m. Round-table discussion
Topic: The Future of Studying Tohoku Painters

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Yoshihisa Sugimoto or visit the Graduate School of Arts and Letters website at


Associate Professor Yoshihisa Sugimoto
Tohoku University Graduate School of Arts and Letters
Tel: 022-795-6068

Department of Oriental and Japanese Art History
Tel: 022-795-6069

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