Special Exhibition

Treasures from Ninnaji Temple and Omuro

This exhibition features treasures of Ninnaji, together with Buddhist sculptures and other precious artifacts preserved at temples of the Omuro branch.Today, the temple is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as one of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.”

Special Exhibition

Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia

Since ancient times the Arabian Peninsula has been intersected by trade routes, acting as a crossroads of diverse peoples and civilizations. This exhibition will for the very first time in Japan display treasures from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that reveal a dynamic history and culture. We invite you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience the immensely rich and fascinating history of the Arabian Peninsula.

Event

New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum

2018 is the Year of the Dog. To celebrate the New Year, we will hold a thematic exhibition featuring works of art with dog motifs, display selected masterpieces, as well as kimonos with auspicious patterns, and more. Let’s have a wonderful start to the New Year at the Tokyo National Museum!

Thematic Exhibition

The History of Appreciating Swords in Japan

Swords have been appreciated in Japan from 600 years ago. This thematic exhibition aims to experience the aspects of sword appreciation that has been accumulated over time, by looking at actual blades.

Thematic Exhibition

Madonna of the Thumb and Christian Objects in Japan

This thematic exhibition will display Madonna of the Thumb, an image brought to Japan by the Giovanni Battista Sidotti (1667–1714), together with other objects related to this extraordinary Italian missionary, as well as images of saints and those portraying the Madonna and Child.

Special Exhibition

Treasures from Ninnaji Temple and Omuro

Special Exhibition

Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia

Event

New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum

Thematic Exhibition

The History of Appreciating Swords in Japan

Thematic Exhibition

Madonna of the Thumb and Christian Objects in Japan

Special Exhibition
Treasures from Ninnaji Temple and Omuro

UpcomingTreasures from Ninnaji Temple and Omuro

Heiseikan January 16, 2018 (Tue)-March 11, 2018 (Sun)

This exhibition features treasures of Ninnaji, together with Buddhist sculptures and other precious artifacts preserved at temples of the Omuro branch.Today, the temple is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as one of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.”

Special Exhibition
Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia

UpcomingRoads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia

Hyokeikan January 23, 2018 (Tue)-March 18, 2018 (Sun)

Since ancient times the Arabian Peninsula has been intersected by trade routes, acting as a crossroads of diverse peoples and civilizations. This exhibition will for the very first time in Japan display treasures from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that reveal a dynamic history and culture. We invite you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience the immensely rich and fascinating history of the Arabian Peninsula.

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

UpcomingNew Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum

January 2, 2018 (Tue)-January 28, 2018 (Sun)

2018 is the Year of the Dog. To celebrate the New Year, we will hold a thematic exhibition featuring works of art with dog motifs, display selected masterpieces, as well as kimonos with auspicious patterns, and more. Let’s have a wonderful start to the New Year at the Tokyo National Museum!

Thematic Exhibition
Thematic Exhibition
The History of Appreciating Swords in Japan

The History of Appreciating Swords in Japan

Honkan Room 14 December 5, 2017 (Tue)-February 25, 2018 (Sun)

Swords have been appreciated in Japan from 600 years ago. This thematic exhibition aims to experience the aspects of sword appreciation that has been accumulated over time, by looking at actual blades.

Thematic Exhibition
Thematic Exhibition
Madonna of the Thumb and Christian Objects in Japan

Madonna of the Thumb and Christian Objects in Japan

Honkan Room T2 December 5, 2017 (Tue)-December 25, 2017 (Mon)

This thematic exhibition will display Madonna of the Thumb, an image brought to Japan by the Giovanni Battista Sidotti (1667–1714), together with other objects related to this extraordinary Italian missionary, as well as images of saints and those portraying the Madonna and Child.

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News

The database of collections of the four national museums, "ColBase" is not available for maintenance.

Toyokan will be closed for maintenance work on Monday, December 11, 2017 - Monday, January 1, 2018

UENO WELCOME PASSPORT On Sale / Valid during: Sunday, October 1, 2017 to Saturday, March 31, 2018

Which is your favorite sword?

To coincide with the thematic exhibition, “The History of Appreciating Swords in Japan” (Honkan Room 14; December 5, 2017 (Tue) - February 25, 2018 (Sun) ), we are holding a popularity vote about the works on display.

Thematic Exhibition: The History of Appreciating Swords in Japan

 

List of Entries

1.  Tachi Sword, Signed, By Masatsune, Heian period, 12th century
2.  Katana Sword, Unsigned, Attributed to Masatsune, Heian period, 12th century
3.  Tanto Sword, Known as "Hitotsuyanagi Yasuyoshi" Signed, By Yasuyoshi, Nanbokucho period, 14th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Watanabe Sei'ichiro)
4.  Katana Sword, Unsigned, By Yasuyoshi, Nanbokucho period, 14th century
5.  Tachi Sword, Signed, By Mitsutada, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property)
6.  Katana Sword, With attribution signature, By Mitsutada, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property)
7.  Tanto Sword, Signed, By Yukimitsu, Kamakura period, 14th century (National Treasure)
8.  Tanto Sword, Unsigned, Attributed to Yukimitsu, Kamakura period, 14th century
9.  Katana Sword, With attribution signature, Attributed to Sa, Nanbokucho period, 14th century (On exhibit through January 28, 2018)
10.  Katana Sword, Known as "Kikko Sadamune" Unsigned, By Sadamune, Kamakura-Nanbokucho period, 14th century (National Treasure, Gift of Mr. Watanabe Sei’ichiro, On exhibit from January 30, 2018)
11.  Katana Sword, Known as "Kanze Masamune" Unsigned, By Masamune, Kamakura period, 14th century (National Treasure)
12.  Katana Sword, Signed, By Masamune, Kamakura period, 14th century (National Treasure)

 

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10. Katana <i>Sword, Known as "Kikko Sadamune" Unsigned</i>
5. Tachi <i>Sword, Signed</i>
12. Katana <i>Sword, Signed</i>
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