Tokyo National Museum - Past Events

Below is a list of all past events for Tokyo National Museum. Current and upcoming events, as well as other details, are available on the venue's page.

  • poster for TNM and Art Tunes! Present: Becoming Japanese Art

    TNM and Art Tunes! Present: Becoming Japanese Art

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    • Media: Prints - Animation - Media Arts - Sound - Workshops
    • 2018-07-24 - 2018-09-09

    This exhibit is like a museum where you can become part of the art! This is a special art museum for people who have fallen in love with art by watching the NHK show Art Tunes! and also for those who want...More »

  • poster for Jomon—10,000 Years of Prehistoric Art in Japan

    Jomon—10,000 Years of Prehistoric Art in Japan

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2018-07-03 - 2018-09-02

    The Jomon period is thought to have begun about 13,000 years ago. Its people relied mainly on hunting, fishing, and gathering for sustenance, while exercising their ingenuity in daily life by creating...More »

  • poster for Echoes of a Masterpiece: The Lineage of Beauty in Japanese Art

    Echoes of a Masterpiece: The Lineage of Beauty in Japanese Art

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    • Media: Nihonga
    • 2018-04-13 - 2018-05-27

    A variety of dramatic stories surround the creation of what are now considered “masterpieces” in the history of Japanese art. Moreover, these masterpieces were passed down through the ages and led to the...More »

  • poster for Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum

    Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum

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    • Media: Painting - Nihonga
    • 2018-03-13 - 2018-04-08

    “Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum” is an annual event that coincides with the Springtime Opening of the Museum Garden (Tuesday, March 13 – Sunday, May 20, 2017). There are many artworks...More »

  • poster for Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia

    Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia

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    • Media: Sculpture - Fashion - Crafts
    • 2018-01-23 - 2018-05-13

    The Arabian Peninsula has been intersected by trade routes since ancient times, acting as crossroads of diverse peoples and civilizations. This exhibition will, for the very first time in Japan, display...More »

  • poster for Treasures from Ninnaji Temple and Omuro

    Treasures from Ninnaji Temple and Omuro

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    • Media: Nihonga - Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2018-01-16 - 2018-03-11

    Ninnaji, the head temple of the Omuro branch of the Shingon sect, was founded by the devotion of Emperor Koko in 886 (Ninna 2), and completed under the following Emperor Uda in 888 (Ninna 4). Subsequent...More »

  • poster for New Year’s Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum

    New Year’s Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum

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    • Media: Nihonga
    • 2018-01-02 - 2018-01-28

    2018 is the Year of the Dog. To celebrate the New Year, this thematic exhibition features works of art with dog motifs, selected masterpieces, kimonos with auspicious patterns, and more. On January 2...More »

  • poster for The History of Appreciating Swords in Japan

    The History of Appreciating Swords in Japan

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    • Media: Product
    • 2017-12-05 - 2018-02-25

    Swords have a long history in Japan and have been admired as objects for more than 600 years. This thematic exhibition allows visitors to appreciate the different aspects of swords as they have come to...More »

  • poster for Madonna of the Thumb and Christian Objects in Japan

    Madonna of the Thumb and Christian Objects in Japan

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2017-12-05 - 2017-12-25

    Christmas is a held annually on December 25 to celebrate the birth of Christ. Mary, who is often referred to as “the Madonna” in the context of art, together with her son, Christ, are both worshiped extensively...More »

  • poster for Unkei - The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture

    Unkei - The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2017-09-26 - 2017-11-26

    There is no Buddhist sculptor better known than Unkei in Japan. With his extraordinary artistic talent, he led a new era in sculptural expression, creating realistic works that appear before the viewer...More »

  • poster for The Living Treasures of France

    The Living Treasures of France

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    • Media: Sculpture - Product - Fashion - Crafts
    • 2017-09-12 - 2017-11-26

    Modeled on the Japanese certification of a “Living National Treasure,” the French equivalent, called “Maître d’ Art” or “Master of Art,” was established in 1994 by the Ministère de la Culture et de la...More »

  • poster for The Influence of the Buddhist Sculptor Unkei: With a Focus on Koen and Zen’en

    The Influence of the Buddhist Sculptor Unkei: With a Focus on Koen and Zen’en

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2017-08-29 - 2017-12-03

    The realistic style of the Buddhist sculptor Unkei (d. 1223), with its powerful, dynamic forms and rich expression of volume, had an undeniable influence on the sculptors of later generations. Unkei’s...More »

  • poster for Newly Designated Important Cultural Properties: Objects Excavated from Noge Otsuka Tumulus, Tokyo

    Newly Designated Important Cultural Properties: Objects Excavated from Noge Otsuka Tumulus, Tokyo

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    • Media: Crafts - Talks
    • 2017-07-11 - 2017-09-10

    Constructed in the 5th century during the Kofun period (ca. 3rd–7th century), the Noge Otsuka tumulus in Tokyo is shaped like a scallop and is 82 meters in length. A stone coffin, which was unearthed in...More »

  • poster for Family Gallery Diving into Screen Paintings - A New Way to Experience Japanese Art

    Family Gallery Diving into Screen Paintings - A New Way to Experience Japanese Art

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    • Media: Nihonga - Installation
    • 2017-07-04 - 2017-09-03

    This ground-breaking program will allow visitors to experience Japanese screen paintings through installations featuring video imagery and high-resolution reproductions of two famous masterpieces: “Pine...More »

  • poster for Thailand: Brilliant Land of the Buddha

    Thailand: Brilliant Land of the Buddha

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2017-07-04 - 2017-08-27

    Commemorating the 130th year of diplomatic ties between Japan and Thailand, the two countries have collaborated with concerted efforts to present this exhibition. Throughout the long history of Thailand,...More »

  • poster for Kumamoto Castle x Wine Night - The Road to Reconstruction, One Year on from the Earthquake

    Kumamoto Castle x Wine Night - The Road to Reconstruction, One Year on from the Earthquake

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    • Media: Video and Film - Talks
    • 2017-06-23 - 2017-06-23

    Kumamoto Castle suffered great damage following a series of serious earthquakes in 2016. One year on and the reconstruction of the building is well underway. Initially it was thought that the castle’s...More »

  • Japanese Masks: Bugaku and Gyodo

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    • Media: Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2017-05-23 - 2017-08-27

    A large variety of masks have been used throughout Japan’s long history. This exhibition presents masks that were used in Bugaku, a dance performed at the Imperial Court, and Gyodo, a Buddhist ritual procession....More »

  • poster for Chanoyu: The Arts of Tea Ceremony, The Essence of Japan

    Chanoyu: The Arts of Tea Ceremony, The Essence of Japan

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2017-04-11 - 2017-06-04

    The new tea drinking practices of the Song Dynasty were learned by Japanese Zen monks studying in China around the 12th century and then spread among Zen temples, samurai families, and other members of...More »

  • poster for Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum

    Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum

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    • Media: Nihonga - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2017-03-14 - 2017-04-09

    “Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum” is an annual event that coincides with the spring-time opening of the Museum Garden (Tuesday, March 14 – Sunday, May 7, 2017). There are many artworks...More »

  • Eternal Treasures from Kasuga Taisha Shrine

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    • Media: Painting - Nihonga - Sculpture - Fashion - Sound
    • 2017-01-17 - 2017-03-12

    Designated as a World Heritage Site, Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara prefecture was built at the beginning of the Nara period (710–794) in prayer for the protection of Nara, the then capital, and the prosperity...More »

  • poster for The Art of Zen: From Mind to Form

    The Art of Zen: From Mind to Form

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    • Media: Nihonga - Sculpture
    • 2016-10-18 - 2016-11-27

    Ink painting and chanoyu (the tea ceremony) were brought from China to Japan along with Zen Buddhism, and later grew into the central components of Japanese culture. This exhibition shows treasured objects...More »

  • poster for The Hidden Buddha of Rakuyaji Temple, Shiga

    The Hidden Buddha of Rakuyaji Temple, Shiga

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2016-09-13 - 2016-12-11

    Rakuyaji (Koka City, Shiga Prefecture), an ancient temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism, has preserved twenty Buddhist statues from the Heian period (794–1192) designated Important Cultural Properties....More »

  • poster for Smiling in Contemplation : Two Buddhas from Japan and Korea

    Smiling in Contemplation : Two Buddhas from Japan and Korea

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    • Media: Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2016-06-21 - 2016-07-10

    Buddhist deities portrayed with one leg crossed over the other and a hand held up to the cheek are called “pensive” Bodhisattvas, in reference to the state of deep contemplation that this pose represents....More »

  • poster for A Journey to the Land of Immortals ― Treasures of Ancient Greece

    A Journey to the Land of Immortals ― Treasures of Ancient Greece

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    • Media: Sculpture - Ceramics
    • 2016-06-21 - 2016-09-19

    This exhibition showcases sculptures, fresco paintings, and metal objects from Greece. Let us set off on a journey through Greek art, which blossomed from the Neolithic to the Hellenistic periods in various...More »

  • poster for Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul

    Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul

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    • Media: Sculpture - Crafts - Talks
    • 2016-04-12 - 2016-06-19

    Since ancient times, Afghanistan has thrived as a “crossroads of civilizations” in Central Asia, developing a distinctive culture at the center of the Silk Road. This exhibition comprised of 231 ancient...More »

  • poster for Kuroda Seiki, Master of Modern Japanese Painting: The 150th Anniversary of his Birth

    Kuroda Seiki, Master of Modern Japanese Painting: The 150th Anniversary of his Birth

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Talks
    • 2016-03-23 - 2016-05-15

    2016 marks the 150th anniversary of Kuroda Seiki’s birth. Widely known for his painting entitled Lakeside, Kuroda (1866–1924) contributed greatly to the modernization of the arts in Japan. This exhibition...More »

  • poster for The Great Terracotta Army of China’s First Emperor

    The Great Terracotta Army of China’s First Emperor

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2015-10-27 - 2016-02-21
  • poster for Journey through Asia at the Tokyo National Museum

    Journey through Asia at the Tokyo National Museum

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Talks - Performance Art
    • 2015-09-29 - 2015-10-12

    The popular autumn fest, “Journey through Asia at the Tokyo National Museum,” returns with a host of fun events related to Asia, in addition to the regular exhibitions showcasing must-see artworks from...More »

  • poster for The Art of Bvlgari 130 Years of Italian Masterpieces

    The Art of Bvlgari 130 Years of Italian Masterpieces

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    • Media: Fashion - Product
    • 2015-09-08 - 2015-11-29

    Bulgari is a world-class Italian jewelry brand with over 130 years of history. This exclusive exhibition highlights jewelry and watches that defined a pivotal period in Italian design, displaying the Elizabeth...More »

  • poster for Cleopatra and the Queens of Egypt

    Cleopatra and the Queens of Egypt

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Fashion - Product - Ceramics - Talks
    • 2015-07-11 - 2015-09-23

    This exhibition takes the queens of ancient Egypt, the most famous of whom is Cleopatra, as its theme. These queens not only supported reigning pharaohs as mothers, wives, and daughters, but also played...More »

  • poster for Masterpieces of Kosan-ji.Temple: the complete scrolls of Choju Giga, Frolicking Animals

    Masterpieces of Kosan-ji.Temple: the complete scrolls of Choju Giga, Frolicking Animals

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2015-04-28 - 2015-06-07

    Known for its depictions of personified “frolicking animals,” Choju Giga, a National Treasure, is Japan’s most famous set of illustrated scrolls. This exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view Choju...More »

  • poster for Indian Buddhist Art from the Indian Museum, Kolkata

    Indian Buddhist Art from the Indian Museum, Kolkata

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    • Media: Drawing - Sculpture
    • 2015-03-17 - 2015-05-17

    Founded in 1814, the Indian Museum in Kolkata is the oldest general museum in Asia. It now presents some 80 precious works of Indian Buddhist art for display in Japan. These treasures lead visitors through...More »

  • poster for Masterpieces of Buddhist Sculpture from Northern Japan

    Masterpieces of Buddhist Sculpture from Northern Japan

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    • Media: Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2015-01-14 - 2015-04-05

    The northeastern area of Japan, called the Michinoku region, is home to many attractive Buddhist statues. Their faces are filled with a powerful yet gentle human kindness, rather than expressions of enlightened,...More »

  • poster for The Great Tsunami of March 11, 2011 and the Restoration of Cultural Properties

    The Great Tsunami of March 11, 2011 and the Restoration of Cultural Properties

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2015-01-14 - 2015-03-15

    On March 11, 2011 the tsunami following the Great East Japan Earthquake dealt severe damage to cultural properties that had supported the culture of the Tohoku area in northeastern Japan. After this disaster,...More »

  • poster for Hermes Leather Forever

    Hermes Leather Forever

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    • Media: Sculpture - Fashion
    • 2014-12-02 - 2014-12-23

    Leather Forever introduces the marvelous skill of leather craft experts, following the history of Hermes since its establishment in 1837. Venue: HyokeikanMore »

  • poster for National Treasures of Japan

    National Treasures of Japan

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    • Media: Sculpture - Crafts - Ceramics - Talks
    • 2014-10-15 - 2014-12-07

    This exhibition brings together those treasures of cultural heritage that represent the culmination of the deep faith of the Japanese people, and attempts to reexamine the spirit of Japan’s cultural formation...More »

  • poster for East Asian Elegance: Masterpieces of Ceramics

    East Asian Elegance: Masterpieces of Ceramics

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2014-09-20 - 2014-11-24

    This is the first time a joint exhibition will be held by national museums of Japan, China and Korea. The exhibition displays 15 world-renowned ceramic masterpieces from each of the collections of the...More »

  • poster for Treasured Masterpieces from the National Palace Museum, Taipei

    Treasured Masterpieces from the National Palace Museum, Taipei

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    • Media: Sculpture - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2014-06-24 - 2014-09-15

    Renowned works have been carefully selected for this exhibition from the cultural properties in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei. The exhibition aims to introduce widely the characteristics...More »

  • poster for Mural Paintings of the Kitora Tumulus

    Mural Paintings of the Kitora Tumulus

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-04-22 - 2014-05-18

    Richly colored mural paintings from the special historic site of Kitora tumulus (Asuka village, Nara prefecture; end of 7th-beginning of 8th century) are showcased here at the Tokyo National Museum, with...More »

  • poster for The 800th Memorial of the Yosai Roots of Zen: Yosai and the Treasures of Kenninji

    The 800th Memorial of the Yosai Roots of Zen: Yosai and the Treasures of Kenninji

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2014-03-25 - 2014-05-18

    The year 2014 marks the 800th anniversary of the death of the priest Yosai (1141–1215), who founded Kenninji Temple, the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. Yosai disseminated the Zen teachings of the Rinzai sect...More »

  • poster for Portrait of Hasekura Tsunenaga and Nanban Art: Japan-European Exchange 400 Years Ago

    Portrait of Hasekura Tsunenaga and Nanban Art: Japan-European Exchange 400 Years Ago

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-02-11 - 2014-03-23

    This exhibition features a portrait of Hasekura Tsunenaga (b. 1613) in the court of Pope Paul V in Rome. Portraits of Europeans in Japan, a map of the world, and a work recounting Hasekura’s trip across...More »

  • poster for “Admired from Afar - Masterworks of Japanese Painting from the Cleveland Museum of Art - “

    “Admired from Afar - Masterworks of Japanese Painting from the Cleveland Museum of Art - “

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-01-15 - 2014-02-23

    This exhibition introduces the Japanese painting collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, a leading art museum in the United States. Through a well-balanced and extremely high-quality collection organized...More »

  • poster for “Engendering Beauty, Preserving Techniques - Artworks by Living National Treasures - “

    “Engendering Beauty, Preserving Techniques - Artworks by Living National Treasures - “

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2014-01-15 - 2014-02-23

    Japan is renowned for its historic traditions in ceramics, textile dying, lacquer ware, metal work, wood work, doll making and other crafts, which has continued to develop and gain further praise to this...More »

  • poster for Kyoto from Inside and Outside: Scenes on Panels and Folding Screens

    Kyoto from Inside and Outside: Scenes on Panels and Folding Screens

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    • Media: Painting - Crafts - Video and Film - Performance Art
    • 2013-10-08 - 2013-12-01

    Kyoto is a fascinating city that welcomes many visitors from Japan and abroad each year. As the capital of Japan for many centuries until the 19th century, Kyoto has nurtured traditional cultures and continued...More »

  • poster for Commemorative Exhibition for the Reopening of the Toyokan: Treasures of Chinese Painting from the Shanghai Museum

    Commemorative Exhibition for the Reopening of the Toyokan: Treasures of Chinese Painting from the Shanghai Museum

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-10-01 - 2013-11-24

    This exhibition features representative masterpieces of Chinese painting from the Shanghai Museum, which boasts one of the largest collections in China. Through these treasured works from the Shanghai...More »

  • poster for “The Beauty of Japanese-style Calligraphy”

    “The Beauty of Japanese-style Calligraphy”

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    • Media: Graphics - Crafts
    • 2013-07-13 - 2013-09-08

    The history of Japanese calligraphy developed under the influence of Chinese calligraphy techniques. As the culture and social systems of Japan evolved in the mid-Heian period (around the 10th century),...More »

  • poster for Grand Exhibition of Sacred Treasures from Shinto Shrines

    Grand Exhibition of Sacred Treasures from Shinto Shrines

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Talks
    • 2013-04-09 - 2013-06-02

    From ancient times, the Japanese people have respected nature and appreciated its power that transcends human knowledge. People believed that gods resided in natural creations such as mountains, rocks,...More »

  • poster for Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum

    Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum

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    • Media: Painting - Product - Crafts
    • 2013-03-19 - 2013-04-12

    “Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum” is an annual event that coincides with the spring opening of the Museum Garden. There are many artworks featuring cherry blossom on display in the...More »

  • poster for Wang Xizhi "Master Calligrapher"

    Wang Xizhi "Master Calligrapher"

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    • Media: Graphics
    • 2013-01-22 - 2013-03-03

    Active in 4th-century China during the Eastern Jin dynasty, Wang Xizhi (303?-361?) greatly advanced conventional calligraphy styles, with his calligraphy treasured by successive Chinese emperors. Focusing...More »

  • poster for "Enku's Buddhas - Sculptures from Senkoji Temple and the Hida Region" Exhibition

    "Enku's Buddhas - Sculptures from Senkoji Temple and the Hida Region" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2013-01-12 - 2013-04-07

    Enku (1632-95) was a Buddhist monk and sculptor who is said to have carved 120,000 Buddhist statues in his lifetime while making pilgrimages to sacred mountains all over Japan. Using wood from forests...More »

  • poster for New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum

    New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Performance Art
    • 2013-01-02 - 2013-01-27

    Celebrating the New Year 2013, the Tokyo National Museum will open from January 2. The New Year exhibition will feature the year's zodiac sign Snake, and the museum will host various family events. At...More »

  • poster for "China - Grandeur of the Dynasties" Exhibition

    "China - Grandeur of the Dynasties" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2012-10-10 - 2012-12-24

    China has a population of 1.3 billion people, and is a country with the fourth largest area of land in the world. With more than 50 ethnic races, the giant country has maintained a history of as long as...More »

  • poster for "Treasures from Sacred Izumo" Exhibition

    "Treasures from Sacred Izumo" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2012-10-10 - 2012-11-25

    Izumo is a land of myths and legends, and is a place where the gods and deities from across Japan gather in autumn. Many precious artifacts still remain in this land, including the immense amount of bronzes...More »

  • poster for Foreign Students' Day

    Foreign Students' Day

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    • Media: Party - Talks
    • 2012-10-06 - 2012-10-06

    Annual program to enhance foreign students' knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and traditions. Free entry for all foreign students, events, and explanations in simple Japanese.More »

  • poster for "140th Anniversary Thematic Exhibitions: Donated Works from Imperial Household Artists in the First Year of the Taisho Era"

    "140th Anniversary Thematic Exhibitions: Donated Works from Imperial Household Artists in the First Year of the Taisho Era"

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    • Media: Painting - Prints - Ceramics
    • 2012-09-19 - 2012-12-09

    One hundred years ago, in December of the first year of the Taisho era (1912), 31 artworks by 24 Imperial Household Artists were donated to the Tokyo Imperial Household Museum (present-day Tokyo National...More »

  • poster for "140th Anniversary Thematic Exhibitions: Autumn Special Viewing, Donated Masterworks in the Tokyo National Museum Collection"

    "140th Anniversary Thematic Exhibitions: Autumn Special Viewing, Donated Masterworks in the Tokyo National Museum Collection"

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    • Media: Painting - Graphics - Fashion - Product - Ceramics
    • 2012-09-15 - 2012-09-30

    During the 140-year history of the Tokyo National Museum collection, the museum has received numerous artworks and artifacts from generous donors. In fact, it is no exaggeration to say that quite a few...More »

  • poster for "140th Anniversary Thematic Exhibitions: The Variety and Appeal of the Tokugawa Collection of Books"

    "140th Anniversary Thematic Exhibitions: The Variety and Appeal of the Tokugawa Collection of Books"

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting
    • 2012-09-11 - 2012-11-14

    The Tokyo National Museum collection includes approximately 18,000 Japanese books, of which about 12,000 were donated to the museum in 1943 by Mr. Tokugawa Muneyoshi (the twelfth head of the Hitotsubashi...More »

  • poster for "140th Anniversary Thematic Exhibitions: Tea Ceremony Utensils of Hirota Fukkosai"

    "140th Anniversary Thematic Exhibitions: Tea Ceremony Utensils of Hirota Fukkosai"

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2012-09-04 - 2012-11-25

    The Hirota Matsushige Collection, underpinned by the connoisseurship and experiences of an art dealer, is unique. It includes bold selections, such as a Qing-dynasty bowl from the Jingdezhen kilns, until...More »

  • poster for "The Vision and Calligraphy of Aoyama San'u: The 100th Anniversary of his Birth" Exhibition

    "The Vision and Calligraphy of Aoyama San'u: The 100th Anniversary of his Birth" Exhibition

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    • Media: Graphics
    • 2012-07-18 - 2012-09-09

    The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Aoyama San'u (1912-1993), who was a prominent calligrapher during the Showa and the Heisei eras. He studied under Nishikawa Yasushi, and while...More »

  • poster for "Japanese Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston" Exhibition

    "Japanese Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Talks
    • 2012-03-20 - 2012-06-10

    Known as a Mecca for Asian art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has been collecting Japanese art since the days of Ernest Fenollosa and Okakura Tenshin, and is now said to be home to over 100,000 works....More »

  • poster for "Two Hundred Selected Masterpieces from the Palace Museum, Beijing" Exhibition

    "Two Hundred Selected Masterpieces from the Palace Museum, Beijing" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Graphics - Sculpture - Product - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2012-01-02 - 2012-02-19

    In 2012, which marks the 40th anniversary of the normalization of relations between Japan and China, the Tokyo National Museum is holding an exhibition of masterpieces from the Palace Museum, Beijing. The...More »

  • poster for "Honen and Shinran: Treasures Related to the Great Masters of Kamakura Buddhism" Exhibition

    "Honen and Shinran: Treasures Related to the Great Masters of Kamakura Buddhism" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Graphics - Sculpture
    • 2011-10-25 - 2011-12-04

    Honen is known as the father of Kamakura Buddhism. Amid the turbulent times of the late Heian period at the end of the 12th century, he spread the belief that salvation could be achieved by reciting prayers...More »

  • poster for "Sun Yat-sen and Umeya Shokichi: China and Japan 100 years ago" Exhibition

    "Sun Yat-sen and Umeya Shokichi: China and Japan 100 years ago" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2011-07-26 - 2011-09-04

    The end of the 19th century to the mid-20th century witnessed the birth of a new China. Active during this time were two men from China and Japan who shared a close bond. Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925) was a...More »

  • poster for ”Kukai's World: The Arts of Esoteric Buddhism" Exhibition

    ”Kukai's World: The Arts of Esoteric Buddhism" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2011-07-20 - 2011-09-25

    Kukai, founder of the Shingon-sect Esoteric Buddhism, saw illustrations as effective tools for transmitting Esoteric Buddhist teachings, which are complex and difficult to explain in words. For this reason,...More »

  • poster for Heiseikan Special Exhibition "Sharaku"

    Heiseikan Special Exhibition "Sharaku"

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2011-05-01 - 2011-06-12

    May, 1794. An unknown artist emerges, stunning the ukiyo-e world with a lavish series of 28 mica-printed Kabuki actor portraits. Over 140 prints later, he disappears again the following January. His name?...More »

  • poster for Buddha - The Story in Manga and Art

    Buddha - The Story in Manga and Art

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    • Media: Illustration - Drawing - Sculpture
    • 2011-04-26 - 2011-06-26

    Buddha, a story in manga, was produced from a decade's work by Tezuka Osamu, the iconic manga artist renowned for such popular series as Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion. Buddha is based on Tezuka's...More »

  • poster for "Life in the Kofun Period: Learning from Haniwa Figures" Exhibition

    "Life in the Kofun Period: Learning from Haniwa Figures" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2011-03-15 - 2011-07-31

    Haniwa terracotta figures were first made from the early Kofun period and were used in groups, solely for decorating monumental tombs. Early haniwa were limited to plain cylinder, jar, house and bird shapes...More »

  • poster for "Ikuo Hirayama and the Preservation of Buddhist Heritage" Exhibition

    "Ikuo Hirayama and the Preservation of Buddhist Heritage" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2011-01-18 - 2011-03-06

    This exhibition honors Hirayama Ikuo's outstanding contribution to the preservation of cultural heritage, and seeks to renew awareness of the value of heritage preservation as well as highlight challenges...More »

  • "New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Crafts
    • 2011-01-02 - 2011-01-30

    The New Year exhibition will feature the year's zodiac sign rabbits, and the museum will host various family events. At Honkan (Japanese Gallery), there will be a Feature Exhibition of the New Year - Year...More »

  • poster for "Todaiji Temple and Monuments of Tenpyo Culture" Exhibition

    "Todaiji Temple and Monuments of Tenpyo Culture" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2010-10-08 - 2010-12-12

    The Great Buddha of Todaiji temple in Nara was initially built over 1250 years ago by order of Emperor Shomu and Empress Komyo as a prayer for peace in Japan and the world beyond. Featuring works related...More »

  • poster for "The Birth of Chinese Civilization" Exhibition

    "The Birth of Chinese Civilization" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics - Talks
    • 2010-07-07 - 2010-09-05

    Focusing on the many renowned artifacts excavated from China's Henan province, this exhibition explores the birth and development of Chinese civilization along the lines of three key themes: the birth...More »

  • poster for "The Lineage of Culture - The Hosokawa Family Eisei Bunko Collection" Exhibition

    "The Lineage of Culture - The Hosokawa Family Eisei Bunko Collection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Talks
    • 2010-04-20 - 2010-06-06

    The Eisei Bunko Foundation and the Eisei Bunko Museum were established in 1950 by 16th-generation family head Hosokawa Moritatsu, with the objective of preserving for future generations the legacy of the...More »

  • poster for Tohaku Hasegawa "400th Memorial Retrospective"

    Tohaku Hasegawa "400th Memorial Retrospective"

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2010-02-23 - 2010-03-22

    The year 2010 marks the 400th memorial of Hasegawa Tohaku (1539-1610), the master painter of the Momoyama period. As the artist of Japanese treasures such as the ink painting Pine Trees (National Treasure,...More »

  • poster for "New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum"

    "New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum"

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    • Media: Painting - Party
    • 2010-01-02 - 2010-01-31

    Celebrating the New Year 2010, the Tokyo National Museum will open from January 2. The New Year exhibition will feature the year's zodiac sign tiger, and the museum will host various family events. At...More »

  • poster for "The Power of Dogu" Exhibition

    "The Power of Dogu" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture - Talks
    • 2009-12-15 - 2010-02-21

    Dogu, ceramic figures made in the Jomon period (10000 B.C. - 5th century B.C.), are highly respected worldwide as an art representing the spirituality and the faith of people who lived during the Jomon...More »

  • poster for "Treasures of the Imperial Collections - Splendor of Japanese Art" Exhibition

    "Treasures of the Imperial Collections - Splendor of Japanese Art" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Crafts
    • 2009-10-06 - 2009-11-29

    To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Emperor's enthronement, the Tokyo National Museum will hold a special exhibition uniting a rich spectrum of works from the imperial collections. The exhibition...More »

  • poster for "Zhao Zhiqian and Artworks of the Late Qing Dynasty" Exhibition

    "Zhao Zhiqian and Artworks of the Late Qing Dynasty" Exhibition

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    • Media: Graphics - Talks
    • 2009-08-04 - 2009-09-27

    During the 19th century in Qing-dynasty China, a new style of calligraphy was born based on the development of academic studies on epigraphs from preceding eras. Zhao Zhiqian (1829 - 84) played a central...More »

  • poster for "Sometsuke - The Flourishing of Underglaze Blue Porcelain Ware in Asia" Exhibition

    "Sometsuke - The Flourishing of Underglaze Blue Porcelain Ware in Asia" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2009-07-14 - 2009-09-06

    The sometsuke (underglaze blue) technique, of painting a design in cobalt-based pigments on a white porcelain base and coloring it in vivid indigo, was perfected in China during the Yuan period (1271-1368)....More »

  • poster for Special Exhibition "Ise Jingu and Treasures of Shinto"

    Special Exhibition "Ise Jingu and Treasures of Shinto"

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2009-07-14 - 2009-09-06

    Starting with the sacred treasures of Ise shrine, both ancient and later, this exhibition will display around 100 treasures connected to the shrine or donated to Ise by emperors and shoguns. While taking...More »

  • poster for "The National Treasure Ashura and Masterpieces from Kohfukuji" Exhibition

    "The National Treasure Ashura and Masterpieces from Kohfukuji" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture - Talks
    • 2009-03-31 - 2009-06-07

    This exhibition commemorates the 1300th anniversary of Kohfukuji Temple, Nara, featuring the sculpture of Ashura, one of the most treasured sculptures made during the beginning to mid-7th century. Ashura...More »

  • poster for Special Exhibition "'Story of ...' - Memories of Cartier Creations"

    Special Exhibition "'Story of ...' - Memories of Cartier Creations"

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    • Media: Fashion - Talks
    • 2009-03-28 - 2009-05-31

    Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between France and Japan, this exhibition displays 276 pieces from amongst the 1370 objects in the archives of Cartier, France's representative...More »

  • poster for "Special Exhibition: Calligraphy Rubbings and the Model-letters Tradition"

    "Special Exhibition: Calligraphy Rubbings and the Model-letters Tradition"

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    • Media: Graphics
    • 2009-03-03 - 2009-04-26

    In ancient China, before the existence of modern printing technology, the technique of taking rubbings from stone and metal inscriptions was invented and used for the appreciation and practice of calligraphy....More »

  • Special Exhibition "Kuroda Seiki: Works from his Days in France"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-03-03 - 2009-04-12

    Although Kuroda Seiki initially made his passage to France as a law student at 17 years of age, it was as a painter that he returned to Japan nine years later. Kuroda's identity as a painter emerged and...More »

  • Special Exhibition "Myoshinji"

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    • Media: Painting - Graphics
    • 2009-01-20 - 2009-03-01

    Myoshinji, a historic complex of Zen temples situated in Hanazono in the west of Kyoto City, was established in 1337 when the Cloistered Emperor Hanazono (1297 - 1348) converted his imperial villa into...More »

  • Special Exhibition "Indian Miniature Painting"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-01-14 - 2009-04-05

    The history of Indian painting can be traced back to more than 2000 years ago, however the earliest examples of miniature painting are illustrations for Jainist and Buddhist scripture from the 11th century,...More »

  • Special Exhibition "Designs of Meibutsugire IV - Stripes and Geometric Patterns"

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2009-01-14 - 2009-04-05

    The term meibutsugire (celebrated fabrics) describes a type of dyed and woven fabric brought to Japan from places such as China, from the Kamakura to the early Edo periods. They include fabrics such as...More »

  • poster for Special Exhibition "Yukichi Fukazawa: Living the Future"

    Special Exhibition "Yukichi Fukazawa: Living the Future"

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2009-01-10 - 2009-03-08

    This exhibition commemorates the 150th anniversary of Keio University, showcasing the founder Fukuzawa Yukichi's active involvement across a wide range of fields and the history of his school, together...More »

  • "Decorative Designs of Ainu" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2009-01-06 - 2009-03-29

    This display features elaborate designs which Ainu people used to decorate their garments and daily utensils. Designs on garments were rendered in threaded cotton cloth appliqué and colored embroidery....More »

  • "Celebrating the Year of the Ox: Images of Oxen in Art" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2009-01-02 - 2009-01-25

    Celebrating the New Year 2009, the Tokyo National Museum will open from January 2. The New Year exhibition will feature the year's zodiac sign ox, and the museum will host various family events. At...More »

  • "Clay Vessels from Nagano : The Development of Clay Vessels and Daily Life" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2009-01-02 - 2009-03-15

    This exhibition of Yayoi period clay vessels on loan from the Nagano Prefecture Museum of History is part of a series of reciprocal loans of archeological material for the year 2008. These vessels were...More »

  • Thematic Exhibition of the New Year: Chinese Paintings with Auspicious Subjects - "Three Friends of Winter"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-01-02 - 2009-02-01

    Pine trees and bamboo remain green even in severe cold weather, and fragrant plum blossoms bloom earlier than any other flower, even in a harsh environment. In China, these plants were regarded as Three...More »

  • Special Exhibition: Kabuki Costumes

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2008-11-11 - 2008-12-21

    Kabuki was a popular form of entertainment among commoners during the Edo period (1603-1868). Each season began in the eleventh month of the lunar calendar, so theaters presented kaomise kyogen (face-showing...More »

  • Special Exhibition: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Ming and Qing Dynasties

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-11-05 - 2008-12-25

    We are pleased to present this exhibition of excellent Chinese calligraphy and paintings from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties, focusing on works from the Song and Yuan periods. The...More »

  • Special Exhibition: Decorated Writing Paper and Segments Mounted for Display

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    • Media: Graphics
    • 2008-11-05 - 2008-12-14

    The practice of decorating writing paper was already established by the Nara period (710-794). The decoration methods included sukizome (dyeing during the manufacturing process) and fukizome (spray-dyeing),...More »

  • Special Exhibition: Ancient and Later Chinese Seal Albums

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    • 2008-11-05 - 2008-12-25

    In 2002 and 2003, the Tokyo National Museum received a gift from Mr. Kobayashi Toan (Yoko) of 423items he had collected over many years, including rare Chinese seal albums and orthographic materials. Mr....More »

  • Special Exhibition: Doorway to the World - Tokyo National Museum's Western Book Collection

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    • 2008-10-28 - 2008-12-07

    You may be surprised to know that the Tokyo National Museum has a collection of old European books. When the new government created the museum in 1872, one of its main purposes was to use the museum as...More »

  • Special Exhibition: The Takano Collection : Paintings by Asai Chu

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-10-28 - 2008-12-07

    The collection acquired by Mr. Takano Tokiji of paintings by Asai Chu, a Western-style painter of the Meiji period, includes eleven oil paintings, fifty-six watercolors and sketches, as well as six hanging...More »

  • Special Exhibition: Vietnamese Underglaze Blue Ware

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2008-10-21 - 2009-01-12

    Vietnamese white porcelain ware with underglaze blue decoration was produced under the influence of Chinese underglaze blue ware. During the Le dynasty (1428-1789), ceramic wares influenced by Ming Chinese...More »

  • Special Exhibition: Designs Seen in Treasured Imported Fabrics - Treasure Motifs

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts
    • 2008-10-21 - 2009-01-12

    Meibutsugire (celebrated fabrics) were a type of dyed and woven fabric brought to Japan from places like China, mainly from the Kamakura period to the early Edo period. They include fabrics such as kinran...More »

  • Special Exhibition "Christian Objects from the Age of Exploration and Discovery"

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2008-10-07 - 2008-11-16

    From the end of the 15th century to the beginning of the 16th, Portugal and Spain, competing against each other in their search for new territory, sailed out into the unknown. Portuguese ships sailed...More »

  • Special Exhibition "Tairin School Exhibition - Succession and Variation"

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    • Media: Painting - Graphics - Crafts
    • 2008-10-07 - 2008-11-16

    2008 marks the 350th anniversary of the birth of Edo period artist Korin Ogata, who founded an innovative, ornamental school of painting and crafts called "Rinha". Rinha was not a hereditary school of...More »

  • Special Exhibition "The Prayers of the Northern Peoples"

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2008-09-30 - 2009-01-04

    The Ainu people believed that in all of nature's endless phenomena, from the vast plateaus to the infinite expanse of the ocean, there resided a 'soul'. Also, they regarded as 'Gods' those things which...More »

  • Special Exhibition "Noh Costume of the Azuchi-Momoyama Period"

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2008-09-23 - 2008-11-09

    The Noh costume style we know today was completed in the mid-Edo Period (1603-1868). Karaori, woven using many gold threads and decorated with designs woven in colorful additional threads, were used mainly...More »

  • Special Exhibition "Masks"

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2008-09-17 - 2008-10-26

    Masks are worn at festivals and in the performing arts all over the world, and with masks we can experience the distinctive characteristics of each region, observe the interchange between different cultures...More »

  • Special Exhibition "Medical Science - Materials in the Museum Collection"

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    • 2008-09-17 - 2008-10-26

    In the early Meiji period (1868-1912), Hakubutsukyoku (Museum Bureau, present Tokyo National Museum) inherited the collection of books formerly owned by Igakukan, the Tokugawa government's medical institute...More »

  • Special Exhibition "Cultural Heritage of Sri Lanka — The Land of Serendipity"

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2008-09-17 - 2008-11-30

    Sri Lanka is an island nation boasting a rich cultural heritage reaching back more than 2000 years. This exhibition features items revealing the essence of Sri Lankan culture, such as images of Buddhist...More »

  • Special Exhibition "Decorative Designs Preferred by Tea Masters - Chintz and Jingdezhen Ware"

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2008-09-09 - 2008-10-19

    n Japan there is a custom of preserving precious vessels of lacquer ware, ceramics, etc. in cloth bags, which are put in boxes and then wrapped with cloth. Fabrics used for such bags and wrappers were...More »

  • Special Exhibition "Masterpieces of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy"

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    • Media: Painting - Graphics
    • 2008-09-09 - 2008-11-03

    Every autumn we present "Masterpieces of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy", which features works from the Museum's collection and pieces from other collections in the Museum's custody. Chinese calligraphy...More »

  • Special Exhibition "Funerary Figures from the Han and Northern Dynasties Period"

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2008-09-02 - 2008-11-30

    'Yong' are ancient Chinese figures made mostly of clay. They may look cute, but they are certainly not toys! In ancient times it was believed that after death, spirits of the deceased lived the same kind...More »

  • Special Exhibition "Masks and Costume for the Noh Play 'Miidera'"

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts
    • 2008-08-05 - 2008-09-21

    Miidera temple, also known as Onjoji, is located in Omi province (Shiga prefecture) by Lake Biwa, and was famous for the sound of its bell. In the Edo period (1603-1868) the "Evening Bell from the Temple...More »

  • Special Exhibition "Disasters - Tokyo National Museum and Earthquakes"

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    • Media: Painting - Photography
    • 2008-08-05 - 2008-09-15

    On September 1, 1923 (Taisho 12), at 11:58 in the morning, a huge earthquake hit the Kanto region. With its epicenter at Sagami Bay in Kanagawa Prefecture, this was the Great Kanto Earthquake. It was around...More »

  • Special Exhibition "Wayang - Indonesian Shadow Play Puppets"

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    • 2008-07-29 - 2008-10-19

    These puppets, representing characters from the epic Indian poem the Mahabharata, are used in Wayang Kulit, a form of shadow puppetry from Indonesia. Wayang Kulit has evolved naturally over the years,...More »

  • Special Exhibition "Buddhist Relics Excavated at Nachisan"

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2008-07-29 - 2008-11-16

    Nachisan (Mt.Nachi), located in Higashimuro-gun, Wakayama, is one of the Three Sacred Mountains of Kumano, with the Nachi Waterfall (also known as Ichinotaki) as its primary object of worship. At the area...More »

  • Special Exhibition "Designs Seen in Treasured Imported Fabrics - Birds and Beasts"

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts
    • 2008-07-29 - 2008-10-19

    Meibutsugire (celebrated fabrics) were a type of dyed and woven fabric brought to Japan from places like China, mainly from the Kamakura period to the early Edo period. They include fabrics such as kinran...More »

  • "Temple Tresures of Buddhist Sculpture from Rokuharamitsuji, Kyoto" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2008-07-10 - 2008-09-21

    Rokuharamitsuji, originally named Saikoji, was founded by the priest Kuya Shonin outside the capital of Kyoto (present Higashiyamaku of Kyoto city) in the mid-10th century during the Heian period (794-1192)....More »

  • "Two Statues of Dainichi Nyorai and Unkei Style Sculpture" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2008-07-10 - 2008-09-21

    Unkei, active from the late Heian (794-1192) to the early Kamakura (1192-1333) periods, is one of the most important Buddhist sculptors in the history of Japanese sculpture. He belonged to the group of...More »

  • "The Ichikawa Beian Collection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Graphics
    • 2008-07-08 - 2008-09-07

    As well as being famous as one of the Three Distinguished Calligraphers of the Late Edo Period and being a calligraphy teacher with many students, Ichikawa Beian (1779-1858) was also an avid collector...More »

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    "Dueling Geniuses -The Greatest Highlights of Japanese Artists" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Ceramics
    • 2008-07-08 - 2008-08-17

    Throughout the history of Japanese art, each generation of painters, Buddhist sculptors, potters and other artists studied the works of the masters among their contemporaries as well as their predecessors...More »

  • "Korean Textiles and Accessories II - Life of the Literati in the Joseon Dynasty" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2008-07-08 - 2008-08-24

    This exhibition, the second of a two-part thematic series, features garments and daily utensils of educated men in the Joseon Dynasty. The ideal way of living for yangban (members of the nobility class),...More »

  • "Photographs—Documentation of Old Art" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2008-07-08 - 2008-08-03

    In the early Meiji period (1868-1912), when the museum belonged to the Museum Bureau of the Ministry of Education, the collection and preservation of old art works in Japan was connected with the preparation...More »

  • poster for "France Meets Japan -Ukiyo-e Influence on French Ceramics" Exhibition

    "France Meets Japan -Ukiyo-e Influence on French Ceramics" Exhibition

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    • Media: Prints - Ceramics
    • 2008-07-01 - 2008-08-03

    As a joint project of the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, and the Tokyo National Museum, this exhibition highlights the influence of Japanese art on French art by focusing on tableware. Popular dinnerware sets produced...More »

  • "Masks and Costume for the Noh Play 'Uto'" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2008-06-17 - 2008-08-03

    Uto is a story that takes place in early summer at Tateyama in Etchu province and Sotonohama in Mutsu province. A traveling priest, humbly dressed in mizugoromo with a sumiboshi cap, arrives at Tateyama...More »

  • "New Acquisitions 2007" Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting - Graphics
    • 2008-06-17 - 2008-07-13

    To preserve and exhibit irreplaceable cultural properties in an appropriate environment is an important task of museums. The Tokyo National Museum, as a representative museum of Japan, has a collection...More »

  • "Travelling in Japan: Ou / Tohoku Region" Exhibition

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    • 2008-05-27 - 2008-07-06

    The Tohoku region, or the northern part of Honshu island, Japan, was called Ou or Oshu from the names of the ancient provinces located in this region. These were Mutsu province on the Pacific side and,...More »

  • "Korean Textiles and Accessories I - Life and Beauty of Women in Joseon Dynasty" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts
    • 2008-05-20 - 2008-07-06

    This is the first of a two-part thematic exhibition, featuring materials relating to the daily life of the Korean people in the late 19th to early 20th century. The first part focuses on the garments and...More »

  • "Kinma (Thai Lacquer Art) and Annamese Enameled Ware Imported to Japan" Special Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2008-05-08 - 2008-07-27

    This thematic display features Southeast Asian lacquer ware and ceramics which were imported to Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868) and favored in the world of the tea ceremony. Kinma is a decorative...More »

  • "History of Bugaku Costume" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2008-04-22 - 2008-06-15

    Bugaku is a type of music with accompanying dance performance, derived from those created in ancient China and Korea, and imported to Japan in the late 8th century. During the Heian period (794-1192) it...More »

  • "2008 Newly Designated National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Graphics - Sculpture - Crafts - Ceramics - Talks
    • 2008-04-22 - 2008-05-06

    Important Cultural Property is the status given to paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, calligraphy, books, ancient writings, historical materials, archaeological objects, and buildings that have been...More »

  • poster for "Korean Tea Bowls from the Joseon Dynasty" Exhibition

    "Korean Tea Bowls from the Joseon Dynasty" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2008-04-04 - 2008-07-27

    Korean tea bowls are ceramic bowls made in Korea and used as tea bowls in Japan, and it was here that they became an especially admired form of ceramic ware. Originally mass produced in provincial Korean...More »

  • poster for "Natural History Albums - The Development of Natural History Study in Japan" Exhibition

    "Natural History Albums - The Development of Natural History Study in Japan" Exhibition

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    • 2008-04-01 - 2008-05-25

    The development of museum studies in Japan began with surveys and studies of the entire country conducted by the Kyoho shogunate (1716-35), spurred on by the introduction of Western museum studies introduced...More »

  • "Daily Work of the Ainu People" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2008-04-01 - 2008-06-29

    This exhibition introduces the daily lives of the Ainu people by focusing on their tools for weaving, hunting and fishing in addition to their daily clothes and wooden vessels. The Ainu people inhabited...More »

  • "Lacquerworks of the Muromachi Period" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2008-04-01 - 2008-06-29

    The Japanese lacquerwork technique of maki-e had advanced tremendously by the Muromachi period. It had reached a stage of such refinement where almost all techniques known to us today were already invented...More »

  • poster for "Heijo Capital Relocation 1300th Anniversary - National Treasures from Yakushi-ji Temple" Exhibition

    "Heijo Capital Relocation 1300th Anniversary - National Treasures from Yakushi-ji Temple" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2008-03-25 - 2008-06-08

    Statues, paintings, and other works will be brought from the Yakushi-ji Temple in Nara for this special commemorative exhibition. This temple is the headquarters of the Hosso School of Buddhism, and this...More »

  • poster for Preface to Lanting Gathering Exhibition

    Preface to Lanting Gathering Exhibition

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    • Media: Graphics - Sculpture
    • 2008-03-04 - 2008-05-06

    In the late spring of 353, Wang Xi Zhi, the renowned Chinese calligrapher, invited 41 men of distinction to a poetry party at Lanting (Orchard Pavilion), at the foot of Mt. Huiji in Zhejiang province....More »

  • poster for "New Year Event - New Year's Visit to the Musem" Exhibition

    "New Year Event - New Year's Visit to the Musem" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Crafts - Performance Art
    • 2008-01-02 - 2008-01-27

    The museum will start welcoming guests for the year 2008 on January 2nd with its annual new year event. In addition to major works of Japanese art including National Treasures "Shourinzu Byobu" folding...More »

  • poster for Youmei Bunko 70th Anniversary Exhibition: "Courtly Millenium - Art Treasures from the Konoe Family Collection"

    Youmei Bunko 70th Anniversary Exhibition: "Courtly Millenium - Art Treasures from the Konoe Family Collection"

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    • Media: Painting - Graphics - Crafts
    • 2008-01-02 - 2008-02-24

    Youmei Bunko was established by then prime minister Fumimaro Konoe in 1938, and is a collection of the Konoe Family valuable documents, texts and treasures. Commemorating the 70th anniversary of its establishment,...More »

  • poster for "Legacy of the Tokugawa" Exhibition

    "Legacy of the Tokugawa" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Graphics - Crafts
    • 2007-10-10 - 2007-12-02

    For the first time, the major possessions of the Tokugawa Shoguns, the three branch Tokugawa Daimyos - the Owari, Kii, and Mito Daimyo households, the Toshogu shrines (dedicated to the first Shogun, Tokugawa...More »

  • "Zen Treasures from the Kyoto Gozan Temples" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Talks
    • 2007-07-31 - 2007-09-09

    Modeled after a Chinese system of monasteries, Gozan is the group of highest-ranked Zen temples in Japan. Nanzenji in Kyoto was the highest ranked among the Gozan temples, and the following five are Tenryuji,...More »

  • "The Path of Buddha" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2007-07-27 - 2008-04-06

    This exhibition traces the development of Buddhist statues from Gandhara (Ancient India), China, the Korean Peninsula, and Japan to give insights into how Buddhist beliefs and statues developed in each...More »

  • "Selected Rubbing Masterpieces of Chinese Stele Inscriptions – Three Great Connoisseurs in Modern Japan – Kaiankyo Collection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Prints - Sculpture - Talks
    • 2007-04-17 - 2007-07-01

    The Taisho (1912-1926) and early Showa (1926-1989) periods, were characterized by people's enthusiastic collection of art works used for the tea ceremony. Fascinated by Chinese culture, Kikujiro Takashima...More »

  • "Paintings and Drawings from Kuroda Memorial Hall" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2007-04-10 - 2007-05-06

    This thematic exhibition is being held in commemoration of the merger of the National Museum and the Research Institute of Cultural Properties. Originally established in 1930 as the Imperial Art Academy's...More »

  • poster for "The Mind of Leonardo - The Universal Genius at Work" Exhibition

    "The Mind of Leonardo - The Universal Genius at Work" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2007-03-20 - 2007-06-17

    This exhibition, centered around the masterpiece "Annunciation", presents the latest achievements of research into Leonardo da Vinci's work. The audience will be offered a different point of view on the...More »

  • poster for Spring Garden Opening

    Spring Garden Opening

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    • 2007-03-10 - 2007-04-15

    The Museum Garden behind the main building, Japanese Gallery, is currently open to the public for the springtime period. More »

  • poster for Maori Treasures from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

    Maori Treasures from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

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    • Media: Sculpture - Crafts - Talks
    • 2007-01-23 - 2007-03-18

    The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand and this exhibition is the first large-scale exhibition to showcase their culture and art in Japan. On display will be approximately 120 objects, including...More »

  • Prized Treasures of Chinese Art from the National Museum of China

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    • Media: Sculpture - Talks
    • 2007-01-02 - 2007-02-25

    To celebrates several milestones in the history of friendship and cultural exchange between Japan and China, 61 selected treasures from the National Museum of China will be on display. The Museum, which...More »

  • Revived Meiji Architecture - Repair work on Tokyo National Museum's Hyokeikan Gallery

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    • Media: Architecture
    • 2006-10-24 - 2007-01-28

    Designed by Katayama Tokuma and known as the "building to express joy", the Hyokeikan was created in 1900 for the celebration of Emperor Taisho's marriage. The Tokyo National Museum (formerly the Tokyo...More »

  • poster for "Shaping Faith: Japanese Ichiboku Buddhist Statues" Exhibition

    "Shaping Faith: Japanese Ichiboku Buddhist Statues" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2006-10-03 - 2006-12-03

    This exhibition is focussing on Japan's tradition of Ichiboku statues, presenting examples from the Nara and Heian periods those of the Edo artists Enku and Mokujiki, There will be 146 Ichiboku statues...More »

  • poster for "Centennial Memorial: Paul Renouard in the Collection of Hayashi Tadamasa" Exhibition

    "Centennial Memorial: Paul Renouard in the Collection of Hayashi Tadamasa" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2006-10-03 - 2006-11-26

    Tadamasa Hayashi (1953-1906) is one of the most important figures in the development of Japonism in Europe, as well as in the history of late 19th century Japanese art and crafts. Charles Paul Renouard...More »

  • poster for Family Gallery: "How do you see Japanese Arts from the Price Collection?"

    Family Gallery: "How do you see Japanese Arts from the Price Collection?"

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2006-07-04 - 2006-08-27

    Taking the "Jakuchu and Edo Painting" exhibition as a starting point, this display of colourful and humourous works taken from the Price Collection is aimed at parents and children who would like to enjoy...More »

  • poster for Jakuchu and The Age of Imagination

    Jakuchu and The Age of Imagination

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2006-07-04 - 2006-08-27

    This is an exhibition of works chosen by art collector Joe Price and staff from the Tokyo National Museum from more than 600 works in the collection. Divided into five sections, the exhibition shows the...More »

  • Faith and Syncretism: Saicho and Treasures of Tendai

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2006-03-28 - 2006-05-07

    Saicho (766-822), posthumously known as Dengyo Daishi ("Great Teacher who Transmitted the Teachings"), established the Tendai Sect in Japan in 806 (Enryaku 25), under the imperial sanction of Emperor Kanmu. In...More »

  • poster for Twin Peaks: The Finest of Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy

    Twin Peaks: The Finest of Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy

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    • Media: Graphics
    • 2006-01-11 - 2006-02-19

    Calligraphy is known as one of the most beautiful arts to have emerged from East Asia. This unique exhibition brings together the finest Japanese and Chinese calligraphy from different time periods. Accompanying...More »

  • poster for New Year's Celebration

    New Year's Celebration

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting - Sculpture - Ceramics
    • 2006-01-02 - 2006-01-29

    In honor of the new year, the Tokyo National Museum will feature an exhibition on dogs, the zodiac symbol of 2006. Numerous other events, including taiko drumming performances and an ikebana flower display,...More »

  • Family Gallery: Face and Back of Mirrors

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2005-11-08 - 2005-12-18

    The mysterious world of ancient copper plate mirrors from China and Japan is introduced. Until the last century, mirrors were made of shined copper plates. These copper mirrors were not only a daily item...More »

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    Hokusai

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2005-10-25 - 2005-12-04

    As one of the most famous Japanese artists, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) immediately brings to mind the images of his justly famous Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji series. But actually, his amazing artistic...More »

  • Buddha Head - National Treasure from Kohfukuji

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2005-09-21 - 2005-10-16

    A special feature of the Buddha Head of Kohfukuji. The Buddha Head often appears in textbooks to represent the Hakuho period sculptures. In Japanese history, the Hakuho period (late Asuka period) was when...More »

  • Art of the Tang Dynasty

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2005-07-20 - 2005-09-11

    The Tang dynasty (A.D. 618-907) highly advanced civilization made it the dominant power in East Asia. Japan sent its people to study their social structures and culture; the knowledge they brought back...More »

  • Masterpieces of the Museum Island, Berlin - Visions of the Divine in the Sanctuary of Art

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2005-04-05 - 2005-06-12

    This will be the first opportunity to see the reunited collection of Berlin's Museum Island. A highlight exhibition for the "Deutschland in Japan 2005/2006" celebration, approximately 160 works centered...More »

  • National Treasure from Chuguji: Seated Bosatsu (Bodhisattva)

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2005-03-08 - 2005-04-17

    The Seated Bodhisattva is the principal image of Chugu-ji, one of the seven temples erected by Prince Shotoku over 1300 years ago. Considered one of the true masterpieces of Asian art, the Seated Bodhisattva...More »

  • poster for The Dancing Satyr

    The Dancing Satyr

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2005-02-19 - 2005-03-13

    This exhibition was designed to introduce The Dancing Satyr, one of the most important national treasures of Italy, at Tokyo National Museum for the first time in Japan prior to the formal display from...More »

  • Hop Step Kyu-Haku

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    • Media: Painting - Crafts
    • 2005-02-15 - 2005-04-10

    This exhibition was planned by the preparatory office of the Kyushu National Museum, which is set to open in October 2005. It will feature “bronze ware” and the “Dazaifu Office”, both indicators of cultural...More »

  • poster for National Treasures of Toshodaiji Temple - Ganjinwajo and Vairocana Buddha

    National Treasures of Toshodaiji Temple - Ganjinwajo and Vairocana Buddha

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    • Media: Architecture - Ceramics - Sculpture
    • 2005-01-12 - 2005-03-06

    Toshodaiji is the head temple of the Ritsu sect of Buddhism. It was founded by the Chinese priest, Ganjinwajo, who spent twelve arduous years traveling to Japan, undergoing numerous perils on his way,...More »

  • poster for Seven-stringed Zither, a National Treasure, and Ancient Musical Instruments

    Seven-stringed Zither, a National Treasure, and Ancient Musical Instruments

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    • 2005-01-02 - 2005-02-27

    Amongst the Treasures of Horyuji Temple are ancient instruments like the 7-string Koto, Tsuzumi-Do, and the Shakuhachi. Musical instruments and Buddhist temples may not seem a likely match. However,...More »

  • poster for Travel and the Onsen Spa

    Travel and the Onsen Spa

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    • Media: Painting - Prints
    • 2005-01-02 - 2005-02-13

    This thematic exhibition features travel in the Edo period. During this time, visits to the Ise Shrine were as common as present-day overseas travel. Of course, there were various feudal restrictions...More »

  • poster for Chinese Paintings, Featuring the "Three Friends of Winter"

    Chinese Paintings, Featuring the "Three Friends of Winter"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2005-01-02 - 2005-01-30

    An exhibition of paintings with auspicious motifs, featuring pine trees, bamboo, and plum. Pine and Bamboo were treasured for being evergreens, and the Plum was adored as the first to flower among all...More »

  • poster for Noh Costumes from the Play "Takasago"

    Noh Costumes from the Play "Takasago"

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts
    • 2005-01-02 - 2005-02-27

    "Takasago" celebrates longevity and happy marriage, and has been one of the most popular Noh dramas since old times. Segments of the drama's lyrics are still favorite quotes at wedding parties today. This...More »

  • poster for Celebrating the Year of the Bird

    Celebrating the Year of the Bird

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2005-01-02 - 2005-01-30

    Exhibition of art works featuring phoenix, roosters, and other birds. The show commemorates the Year of the Bird, the asian zodiac of 2005.More »

  • poster for Maki-e Lacquer of the Igarashi School

    Maki-e Lacquer of the Igarashi School

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2004-12-14 - 2005-02-13

    According to records, the beginnings of the famous Igarashi School of maki-e lacquer artists can be found in the Muromachi period (1392 - 1573). This school, employing traditional techniques handed down...More »

  • poster for The World of sueki Wares

    The World of sueki Wares

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2004-12-14 - 2005-01-30

    "Sueki Wares" are kiln-fired unglazed stonewares that were imported into Japan from Korea during the Mid-Kofun period. Wares with smaller attachments called "komochi sueki" (sueki with children), those...More »

  • Traditional Crafts: Exploring the World of Craftsmanship

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    • Media: Ceramics - Crafts
    • 2004-11-30 - 2005-03-06

    The Law for Protection of Cultural Properties was enacted in 1950 to protect both tangible and intangible cultural property. The first intangible assets to be protected were selected in 1952, and the...More »

  • Ainu(Aynu) Life in Kotan

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2004-11-30 - 2005-03-06

    Ainu people have long lived in the harsh climate of the northernmost area of the Japanese archipelago, including Hokkaido and other neighboring islands. They lived in harmony with nature, which they worshipped....More »

  • The Genroku-Era and Chu-shin Gura

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    • Media: Painting - Graphics
    • 2004-11-23 - 2004-12-26

    The Genroku-Era of Japan (late 17th to early 18th century) was a period in which the urban bourgeois class became leaders of culture. Mass media such as theater and printing were established during this...More »

  • Textile Art of Afghanistan

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    • Media: Fashion - Product - Crafts
    • 2004-11-09 - 2005-01-30

    The nomads used common fibers like wool and horsehair to spin yarn. They then dyed and wove it into various utensils: clothing, bags, tent cloths, rugs and decorative bands. Geometric patterns like diamonds...More »

  • poster for Kabuki Costumes

    Kabuki Costumes

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2004-11-02 - 2004-12-26

    Kabuki was a form of theater performance initiated by young women. Women and youths were soon banned from performing based on reasons of immorality, and Kabuki became a theater performed by mature male...More »

  • poster for Masterpieces of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy Part Two

    Masterpieces of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy Part Two

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    • Media: Painting - Graphics
    • 2004-11-02 - 2004-11-28

    The focus of the second half will be on works dating to the Song-, Yuan, and Ming Dynasties featuring "The Second Zen Patriarch in Contemplation" attributed to Shi Ke (Important Cultural Property), "Han-shan...More »

  • poster for The Calligraphy Works of Jiun in the Kôkiji Collection

    The Calligraphy Works of Jiun in the Kôkiji Collection

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    • Media: Graphics
    • 2004-11-02 - 2004-12-12

    Jiun(1718-1804) was a monk, famous for his high virtue, active in Kyoto and Osaka during the latter half of the Edo period. The year of 2004 marks the bicentenary commemoration of his parting. At locations...More »

  • poster for Preservation and Repair of the TNM Collection

    Preservation and Repair of the TNM Collection

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Crafts
    • 2004-10-26 - 2004-12-05

    This exhibition will introduce visitors to the repair and preservation process of the TNM. 171 items were repaired in 2003. In this display, one exhibit room will feature Japanese Paper, a central ingredient...More »

  • poster for Autumn Open Garden

    Autumn Open Garden

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    • 2004-10-26 - 2004-11-30

    The North Garden of the Museum will be open to visitors. 10:00-16:00 Garden will be closed in bad weather.More »

  • poster for Edo and the World

    Edo and the World

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    • Media: Illustration - Drawing
    • 2004-10-13 - 2004-11-21

    The resulting effect of Japan's seclusion on a political, economical and philosophical level in the early modern age is called sakoku (seclusion of country). The material in this feature exhibition, dealing...More »

  • poster for Treasures of Ancient China

    Treasures of Ancient China

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    • Media: Crafts - Sculpture
    • 2004-09-28 - 2004-11-28

    One Thousand Years of Chinese Buddhist Art and the Astonishing Discoveries of Recent Chinese Archaeology: With its immense history and vast territories, China preserves to this day a huge number of precious...More »

  • poster for Medieval Ceramics

    Medieval Ceramics

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2004-09-01 - 2004-12-12

    At the end of the Heian period (A.D. 794-1192), new and different styles in ceramic wares began to appear. The dawn of medieval ceramic production is usually thought to begin with the establishment of...More »

  • poster for Autumnal Designs in Maki-e

    Autumnal Designs in Maki-e

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    • 2004-09-01 - 2004-12-05

    The 'Seven Flowers of Autumn' is a combination of plants symbolizing autumn, known to Japanese culture since the ancient times of Manyoshu (oldest Japanese poetry anthology compiled in the mid 8th century)....More »

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