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    This is the online digital exhibition for Chūshingura Prints (Ukiyo-e prints of the Treasury of Loyal Retainers). All pieces of prints are from the Ako City Collection and the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University. Unfortunately, the descriptions for each print are still in Japanese, but you can read the description for each section in English. (To Japanese site)


  The Ako City "Chushingura" Ukiyo-e Database has been constructed based on the academic exchange agreement with the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University. The works of Ukiyo-e in the database are all owned and managed by Ako City. This database has been in operation since July 2018.

  With the opening of this database, detailed data, including images, of all Chushingura Ukiyo-e owned by Ako City as of the end of the fiscal year 2015 can be accessed 24 hours a day via the Internet. The creation of this database will not only be beneficial for preserving the originals but will also contribute to the progress of research in Japan and abroad. The database will also be a useful tool for the general public to experience the world of Chushingura Ukiyo-e. Furthermore, it also effectively promotes the utilization in media such as publishing and broadcasting, and the number of its usage is on the rise.

  Since 2019, we have been organizing a series of digital exhibitions using the works in the database to promote the development and use of database operation methods. At present, the first exhibition, "Varieties of the Revenge Scene", is still open to the public.

  The second digital exhibition, titled "Ōboshi Yuranosuke, the Leader of the Loyal Retainers", presents a collection of works depicting Ōboshi Yuranosuke, the protagonist of Chushingura and leader of the loyal retainers.

  We invite you to discover the "cool" Yuranosuke through a variety of works, some depicting the scenes in which Yuranosuke appears, famous actors playing Yuranosuke, and Yuranosuke in his battle costume.

November 2020

Masatoshi Murei, Mayor of Ako