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Message from the Founder

The Hoki Museum is Japan's first museum dedicated to Realist painting.
What makes Realist painting so fascinating? Realist art works depict what the painter sees, as is. These works are intricately worked, each massively time-consuming, as the painter creates just a few works a year, facing the same canvas day after day. And when we see the worlds created in such works, we sense that the painting has so much more to say than the reality it depicts.
Today, the Hoki Museum collections include 400 works by some 40 painters, ranging from great masters to young artists. Up until now, there have been few opportunities to see Realist works in Japan. The Hoki Museum will now fill that void. My hope is that the Hoki Museum will be a "healing museum" where visitors can appreciate the art works slowly and thoroughly.
The Hoki Museum's building was specifically designed and constructed for this collection. Made up of three stories, one above ground, two below, the galleries are layered, long corridors filled with images.  A section of the structure floats in the air. It is my great hope that many people will visit the museum, and that through all of our efforts, Japanese Realist painting will develop all the more.

Masao Hoki
Founder, Hoki Museum


Masao Hoki
Born in Tokyo in 1931. Founded stationery retailer Hoki Meishodo in 1955. Founded and became president of Hoki Recording Paper Marketing, to market paper used for electrocardiogram records, in 1961. The company later changed its name to Hogy in 1970 and to Hogy Medical Co., Ltd., in 1987. Masao Hoki became Chairman of the company in 1993, then resumed the position of President and CEO in 1995. In 2000, Hogy Medical became listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Hoki once again became Chairman in 2005 and has held the title Founder since 2007. He is currently Honorary Chairman. Hogy Medical is the leading supplier of surgical, sterilization, and ward and examination products in Japan.


Message from the Director

Three years after my father founded the Hoki Museum, I followed in his footsteps as its director. Looking back over the history of Realist painting, we can see that it traces back to Leonardo da Vinci in the 15th century, progresses through artists such as Vermeer and Rembrandt, and continues as part of the history of oil painting through to the present day. Even when abstract painting reached its zenith in Japan in the Post-World War II period, artists such as Noda Hiroshi, Morimoto Sosuke and others continued to paint Realist works, with many other later painters following in their footsteps. Many of these Japanese Realist painters traveled to Europe for their study of oil painting techniques.
We might ask, why do painters create Realist paintings amidst today's advances in digital technology. Realist paintings are based on a foundation of depicting the subject as it is seen, and also incorporate the artist' s own thoughts. One painting might take three months to create, while some take as long as a year. Visitors who view these paintings in the Hoki Museum have the emotional experience of witnessing the thoughts the painter imbedded in the work, the intricately expressive and conceptualizing power unique to that painter. Today the Hoki Museum collection includes more than 400 works by about 50 artists, with the majority by artists still active in Japan today. The Museum also commissions artists to paint works on their own preferred theme for inclusion in the collection. In 2013 we held the inaugural Hoki Museum Prize as our way of identifying and encouraging new painters in the Realist style. Applications are accepted from Realist painters worldwide who are under the age of 40 at the time of application. The works shortlisted in this triennial competition are then displayed for a six-month period in the Hoki Museum.
The museum walks its own path, while the painters too walk theirs. Each of the latest works displayed here represents the creative efforts of each and every painter and will pass through the careful and strict consideration of all of their viewers. I hope that they will become masterworks that speak of the burgeoning development and history of Realist painting. I hope and pray that the Hoki Museum will always walk forward with these painters, helping them create and display works that continually evoke the admiration and wonder of their viewers.

Hiroko Hoki
Director, Hoki Museum


Hiroko Hoki
Hiroko Hoki Born in Tokyo. Since 1997, Hiroko has worked with her father Masao Hoki to build a Realist painting collection and hold semi-annual open house displays of the collection at her home in Chiba. In 2005, she established the Hoki Museum preparatory offices in the Hogy Medical Co., Ltd. building in Tokyo' s Akasaka district and acted as the director of the Hoki Museum preparatory office. Hiroko was named Administrative Director when the Hoki Museum opened in November 2010. As part of her efforts to identify new directions for Japanese realist painting, she has deepened her relationship with the more than 50 artists whose works are held in the Museum' s collection, ranging from recognized masters to young artists, and including some who live in Chiba prefecture, such as Sosuke Morimoto and Fumihiko Gomi. She was appointed Director of the Hoki Museum in January 2013. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Tokyo, Hiroko has developed the museum' s Hanau restaurant as part of her desire to offer museum visitors an opportunity to enjoy delicious wine and Italian food along with their art viewing experience.


About the Hoki Museum


The Hoki Museum opened on November 3, 2010 as one of the few museums in the world dedicated to Realist paintings. Museum Director Masao Hoki assembled the museum's collection of approximately 400 examples of Realist paintings.
The Museum's building is located next to the verdant Showa-no-Mori Park, Chiba City's largest park, and consists of one above ground and two below ground stories featuring corridor-style galleries comprise 500 meters of exhibition space.  One gallery is cantilevered to appear to be floating in space.
Approximately 160 works by around 40 artists are on display at any one time, including 36 paintings that form Japan's largest collection of works by Sousuke Morimoto, and others by artists such as Hiroshi Noda and Tadahiko Nakayama. Special displays feature the works of fifteen artists who have produced large-scale works for the museum's "My Best Work" series.
The museum's galleries were designed specifically for the optimum display and appreciation of Realist paintings, featuring picture rail-free walls and the latest technology LED and halogen lighting imbedded in the ceilings. Additional facilities include the Italian restaurant Hanau, a café, and a museum shop.
We hope that you will enjoy your experience of the beautiful world of Realist painting in this inviting setting.


Information and Access : Guide to Visiting the Hoki Museum


Hours: 10 am to 5:30 pm (Last admission is 30 minutes before closing)
Closed on Tuesdays, except open on holiday Tuesdays and closed on the following Wednesday. The museum is closed for during the holiday periods at year end, New Year and late August, and closed for exhibit changes in late May and middle November.

Entrance Fees

Adults: 1,800 yen
High school and university students and visitors 65 and older: 1,300 yen
Junior high school students:900 yen
Elementary school and younger children are admitted free of charge.
However, no more than two elementary school children per adult will be admitted.


By train and bus:
Take JR Sotobo Line to Toke Station
From the Toke Station South Exit, take the Bus "Asumigaoka Brand New Mall" (5 minutes) to "Asumigaoka Higashi 4-chome" stop, walk 1 minute

By car:
15 minutes from the Nakano Interchange on Chiba Togane Road.
10 minutes from the Mobara Kita Interchange on Ken-O expwy.
Paid parking spots for 40 cars available at the museum