Soboku-e: Japanese Innocent Paintings Through the Ages

Mitsui Memorial Museum

poster for Soboku-e: Japanese Innocent Paintings Through the Ages
[Image: Haniwa (Hunter with a Boar) Kofun Period, Private Collection]

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Japanese art has long featured gentle touches and broad strokes. Compellingly simple or clumsy works with unusual styles captivate viewers. Featuring such “Soboku-e” (innocent paintings) with mildly “off” depictions, this exhibition introduces works from a variety of eras and styles, from the works of masters to examples offering new ways to appreciate art. In addition to paintings, Buddhist and Shinto sculptures displaying this “soboku” innocence are also featured, broadening the definition of this particular form of beauty.



from July 06, 2019 to September 01, 2019


Adults ¥1300, University and High School Students ¥800, Junior High School Students and under free.

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 17:00
Closed on Mondays


Address: Mitsui Honkan 7F, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi-Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0022
Phone: 03-5777-8600

3 minutes walk from exit A7 at Mitsukoshimae Station on the Ginza and Hanzomon lines, 4 minutes walk from exit B11 at Nihonbashi Station on the Ginza line, Tozai line, Toei Asakusa line, 7 minutes walk from Nihonbashi exit at JR Tokyo Station.

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