“Essays in Idleness - Enjoying Classical Literature Through Art”

Suntory Museum of Art

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Essays in Idleness (Tsurezuregusa), written by Yoshida Kenko; in the 1330’s, is regarded, along with The Pillow Book (Makura no Soshi) and An Account of My Hut (Hojoki), as one of the three great collections of essays in Japanese literature, and its opening lines “with nothing better to do,” have become indelibly written upon the minds of many. This exhibition presents famous scenes from these essays through the twenty “Essays in Idleness Handscrolls” by Kaiho Yusetsu, which were recently added to the museum’s collection, together with folding screens, illustrated books, and other pictorial forms.

[Related Event]
Lecture “Reading the Essays in Idleness Scrolls”
Date: July 5(Sat) 13:30-15:30
Speaker: Maki Tsuchiya(staff of Sensoji) + Curators
Venue: 6F Hall
Admission: ¥1500 (exhibition ticket separate)
Reservation required

Lecture “Understanding Essays in Idleness through Handscrolls”
Date: July 6(Sun) 14:00-15:30
Speaker: Yuko Shimauchi(Professor of the Open University of Japan)
Venue: 6F Hall
Admission: ¥700 (exhibition ticket separate)
Reservation required
For information on further events please refer to the official website.

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from June 11, 2014 to July 21, 2014

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Yusetsu Kaiho et al.

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