Wednesday afternoons Apr 8, 15 and 29, May 6 and 13

In this five-part course inspired by the exhibition “Hokusai,” take in the dramatic changes that occurred in Japanese culture and art throughout the 19th century. Contrast early 19th-century romantic idealism and Hokusai (1760–1849) with the latter half of the century, when technology and open seaports shaped Japanese culture.

Five session course tickets ($120 member, $150 nonmember) are not available online.
Individual sessions ($28 member, $35 nonmember) are available online, in person or over the phone. To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975; to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk. Ticket policies

Above: Katsushika Hokusai, Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as the Great Wave, from the series Thirty six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjûrokkei), Japanese, Edo period, about 1830–31. 11.17652. Woodblock print (nishiki e); ink and color on paper. William Sturgis Bigelow Collection.


In This Series

Lectures and Courses

Week 4 of 5
What Did Tourists See in 19th-Century Japanese Photographs?
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
1:00 pm2:30 pm

Focus on the intersections between travel and photography during the late 1880s to see how photographs mediated foreign tourists’ encounters with...

Lectures and Courses

Week 5 of 5
Bostonians in 19th-Century Japan: The Formation of the MFA Collection
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
1:00 pm2:30 pm

The MFA is privileged to have the largest, most comprehensive collection of Japanese art in the West. Meet these fascinating characters who were...