The Ukiyo-e Museum, created through a tie-up with Ibasen Co., Ltd. a long-established traditional fan maker since the Edo period, finally opened on June 1, 2012.
As the first phase, a landscape painting area will open this time. Inside the museum, visitors can enjoy a three-dimensional, beautiful Edo space using UnrealEngine 5.
In the future, the Kabuki, Caricature, Samurai, and Shunga areas are scheduled to open in sequence. (Visitors can freely enter the museum via a smartphone or PC terminal.)
■What is the Ukiyo-e Museum?
The Ukiyo-e Museum is a 3D museum built on a website on the Internet, where visitors can freely view Ukiyo-e paintings of the Edo period and talk to their avatars.
Ukiyo-e NFT will be available in the future.
Ukiyo-e Museum official URL: https://ukiyoe.edoverse.io (scheduled to open on June 1)
■What is Ibasen?
Ibasen was founded by Kanzaemon Ibaya, a merchant from Hamamatsu who came to Edo with Ieyasu Tokugawa. At the time of its founding, the company was located in Nihonbashi, Edo, and mainly handled Japanese paper, paper products, and bamboo products for the shogunate.
In the late Edo period (1603-1868), the company began to deal in fans and became the publisher of popular painters such as Toyokuni Utagawa I, Kuniyoshi Utagawa, and Hiroshige Utagawa, and gained popularity by imprinting ukiyoe pictures on fans for sale.