Showa Modern x Hyakudan Kaidan
Tokyo Modern Girl Life

Mar 23 (Sat.) - Jun 16 (Sun.), 2024

*Open every day during exhibition period.
Modern Girl refers to women who led a modern lifestyle that emerged from the late Taisho (1912-1926) to the early Showa period (1926-1989). In an era when a
new popular culture was flourishing, these women who enjoyed cutting-edge fashion, makeup, and entertainment, and who were independent with their own jobs,
were icons symbolizing the arrival of a new era, and continue to captivate the hearts of people even today.
The exhibition is held in seven rooms of this cultural property based on the theme of "Modern Girls and Modern Tokyo," and will showcase the urban culture
enjoyed by these Modern Girls.
Once you step inside this cultural property, you will find yourself immersed in a world of Modern Tokyo with its glittering and slightly decadent atmosphere,
including perfumes and cosmetics of the time, bars where the most sophisticated men and women enjoyed drinks, and literary works that symbolize Taisho
The exhibition also features works by Yumeji Takehisa, marking the 140th anniversary of his birth and the 90th anniversary of his death in 2024, as well as
Modern Girl paintings by Kaichi Kobayashi, a leading figure in Kyoto Art Deco, which will be exhibited for the first time at the Hyakudan Kaidan cultural
Enjoy a trip back in time to the glamorous Taisho romantic era and Showa-modern imperial capital of Tokyo, where you can stroll through the streets of Tokyo's
historic architecture.

Exhibition Highlights

Over 60 works by Yumeji Takehisa and Kaichi Kobayashi

Cover of Fujin Graph (Women’ s Graphic)February Issue, Yumeji Takehisa / Nakayama Shinpei Sakkyoku Zenshu Minyokyoku: Tokyo Koshinkyoku (The Complete Compositions of Shinpei Nakayama: Folk Songs, Tokyo March Songs), Yumeji Takehisa / Kanojo no Seishun (Her Youth), Kaichi Kobayashi / Bethlehem no Hoshi (The Star of Bethlehem), Kaichi Kobayashi

A nostalgic bar inside a cultural property

Conceptual image of the bar / Atarayo (Sparing Night), Mie Kawamoto (partial)

Unveiling of a new Modern Girl work by artist Miki Katoh

Conceptual image of past work KISSHOU, Miki Katoh, 2016 (partial)

Exhibition Overview

Date Mar 23 (Sat.) - Jun 16 (Sun.), 2024*Open every day during exhibition period.
Opening hours 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. (last entry: 5:30 p.m.)* Exhibition closes at 4:30 p.m. on Tue., April 9(last entry: 4:00 p.m.)
Venue Hotel Gajoen Tokyo Tokyo
Tokyo Metropolitan Government designated Tangible Cultural Property “Hyakudan Kaidan -The Hundred Stairs-”

Ticket Information


Same day

General ¥1,600
University students・Senior high school students ¥1,000
Junior high school students・Elementary school students ¥800

Advance tickets

General ¥1,300
University students・Senior high school students ¥900
Junior high school students・Elementary school students ¥600
  • * Sales period: Until Mar 22 (Fri.), 2024 (At the hotel: until 16:30 / Online: until 23:59)
  • * Student ID must be presented. Children of preschool age are admitted free of charge.
  • * Prices include consumption tax.
Online At venue
With goods -
Including Gallery Talk event(* Japanese only) -

Ticket office

  • · Admission tickets can be purchased in advance through the official online ticket website or at the venue on the day.
  • · Persons with disabilities are admitted at a preferential rate (50% off a same-day ticket) with the presentation of a disability certificate. (Price includes admission for one accompanying carer. Please enquire at the ticket office on the day of your visit.)
  • · Contents of the exhibition are subject to change.

Requests to Visitors

  • · Movement between rooms within the facility is by stairs. Wheelchairs, mobility walkers, and strollers cannot be used.
  • · As the venue rooms have tatami floors, visitors are asked to remove their shoes before entering.
  • · Visitors are welcome to take photographs of the exhibition with the exception of objects indicated by the No photography sign, but are requested to comply with the following.
  • · Please refrain from the use of flashes, lights, tripods, and selfie sticks.
  • · Photography for commercial purposes is not permitted.
  • · Behavior that could threaten the safety of the exhibits, such as approaching the exhibits too closely with photographic equipment, is not permitted.
  • · Please be considerate of other visitors.
  • · Please do not bring large bags, umbrellas, etc. inside the exhibition venue. Bags may be left at the bellhop desk at the front entrance, and umbrellas may be placed in the umbrella stand.
  • · Please refrain from eating or drinking inside the exhibition venue. Visitors are also not permitted to bring hazardous items, odorous items, or raw foods into the venue.

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