Renaissance of Japanese Classics—Exploring Tradition and Innovation in the Literary Works of the Edo and Early Meiji Periods

Printing Museum

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*We have been temporarily closed since April 28th, 2021, but will reopen on June 1st.

Printing that became widespread in the Edo period in Japan played an important role in bridging the tradition of classics. For example, the manuscript of The Tale of Genji written by Murasaki Shikibu was repeatedly revised and edited by scholars even after the original works disappeared. However, it was not until the Edo period, when printing rapidly prospered, that the work became widely accessible to the broader public, including samurai and ordinary townspeople. This exhibition named after the Renaissance, a cultural movement in Europe that rediscovered the Greek and Roman classics, will investigate the relationship of Japanese classic literature and printing in three parts.

*In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Printing Museum, Tokyo is implementing a prior admittance reservation system. Please visit official website for the details.

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from April 17, 2021 to July 18, 2021
By appointment only.

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