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Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum

Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum

Come enjoy the fantastic cherry blossoms at Tokyo National Museum!

"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 15 – Sunday, April 10, 2016). There are many artworks featuring cherry blossoms on display in the Japanese Gallery (Honkan), as well as a host of events including gallery talks, haiku poetry gatherings and concerts.

 

 

 

Cherry Blossoms in the Jananese Gallery (Honkan) Major Works

Cherry Blossoms in the Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Major Works

Kabuki theater

Kabuki Theater and Other Amusements (detail)
Artist unknown, Edo period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by the Agency for Cultural Affairs)
Room 7, Honkan March 8 - April 17, 2016

 The sun and moon are depicted with gold and silver plating, respectively. Presumably these screens were combined from two different works as suggested by the differences in technique and the disjointedness of the compositions.

 
Set of Dishes, Cherry tree design in overglaze enamel

Set of Dishes, Cherry tree design in overglaze enamel
Nabeshima ware, Edo period, 18th century
Room 8, Hokan January 26 - April 17, 2016

 

 
Uchikake (Outer garment), Bamboo curtain and ornamental perfumed sachet design on red figured satin

Uchikake (Outer garment), Bamboo curtain, herbal decoration, and cherry blossom design on red figured satin ground
Edo period, 18th century
Room 10, Hokan March 8 - April 24, 2016

This uchikake is made of red-dyed satin with a woven crane design. The embroidered motifs of decorated herb balls and bamboo curtains are examples of Japanese auspicious designs. In a custom dating back to ancient times, herb balls decorated with flowers and strings of five colors were traditionally hung from bamboo curtains and pillars on May fifth to ward off evil spirits.

 
Seated Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu (Cintamanicakra)

Seated Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu (Cintamanicakra)
Heian period, 11th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Saidaiji, Nara)
Room 11, Honkan January 2 - April 17, 2016

 

 

In and Out of the Fence at Night

In and Out of the Fence at Night
By Kubo Shunman, Edo period, 18th century (Important Art Object)
Room 10, Honkan March 15 - April 10, 2016

Color has been used to depict the indoor scene and objects in the path of the lamplight, with the darkness of night expressed in contrast through the absence of color. The areas bathed in light have been depicted delicately, and the cherry trees framing the design field are of different types. The work is rendered predominantly in ink, and using the effect of benigirai (lit., “despising red,” a technique of avoiding vivid colors - particularly vermillion) captures the essence of a gentle spring night.

 

More information
Looking for Cherry Blossoms in the Japanese Gallery (Honkan)

 

Stamp Rally

Stamp Rally

During this period, we are holding a stamp rally based on artworks that feature cherry blossoms. Visitors who collect all stamps will be eligible to receive an original button badge.

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Spring time Opening of the Museum Garden

Spring time Opening of the Museum Garden

The Museum Garden behind Honkan (main building, Japanese Gallery) will be open to the public during springtime.
10 different species of cherry trees blossom one after another every year. Enjoy strolling among the cherry trees and the five teahouses.
*March 25, April 1 and April 8, open until 19:30

Spring time Opening of the Museum Garden March 15 - April 17, 2016

 

 

For more information about other events, please see "Related Events" below.

Date
March 15, 2016 (Tue) - April 10, 2016 (Sun)  
Venue
Honkan


Related Exhibition

  1. Looking for Cherry Blossoms in the Japanese Gallery (Honkan)
  2. Honkan
    March 15, 2016 (Tue) - April 10, 2016 (Sun)


Related Events

  1. Spring Festival in Tokyo -Tokyo Opera Nomori 2016-Concert in Harmony with Cherry Blossoms Vive! Saxophone Quartet
  2. outdoor-Entrance area
    March 16, 2016 (Wed) 11:00-11:20

  3. Spring Festival in Tokyo -Tokyo Opera Nomori 2016-Concert in Harmony with Cherry Blossoms Vive! Saxophone Quartet
  4. outdoor-Entrance area
    March 18, 2016 (Fri) 11:00-11:20

  5. Cherry Blossoms and Other Plants as Motifs of Ceramic Works [Cherry Blossom Gallery Talk]
  6. Honkan-B1 Education Room
    March 23, 2016 (Wed) 14:00 - 14:30

  7. Spring Festival in Tokyo -Tokyo Opera Nomori 2016-Concert in Harmony with Cherry Blossoms Violin concert Erina Sato & Haruka Hayashi
  8. The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures-Entrance Hall
    March 24, 2016 (Thu) 13:00-13:20

  9. Beauties under the Cherry Tree by Nagasawa Rosetsu [Cherry Blossom Gallery Talk]
  10. Honkan-B1 Education Room
    March 30, 2016 (Wed) 14:00 - 14:30

  11. Spring Festival in Tokyo -Tokyo Opera Nomori 2016-Concert in Harmony with Cherry Blossoms Violin concert Erina Kato
  12. Honkan-Staircase
    March 30, 2016 (Wed) 13:00-13:20

  13. Guide to Enjoying Ukiyo-e Featuring Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom
  14. Honkan-B1 Education Room
    March 31, 2016 (Thu) 11:00 - 11:30

  15. Cherry Blossom Workshop “Coloring Activity: Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom”
  16. Honkan-Lounge (2F)
    March 26, 2016 (Sat) - April 3, 2016 (Sun) (Every Sat,Sun) 11:00 - 16:00

  17. Cherry Blossom Designs Found in Daily Life in Japan [Cherry Blossom Gallery Talk]
  18. Honkan-B1 Education Room
    April 6, 2016 (Wed) 14:00 - 14:30

  19. Cherry Blossom Lecture "Distinguishing Varieties of Cherry Blossoms Depicted in Paintings"
  20. Heiseikan-Auditorium
    April 9, 2016 (Sat) 13:30 - 15:00

  21. Springtime opening of the Museum Garden
  22. The Garden
    March 15, 2016 (Tue) - April 17, 2016 (Sun) 10:00 - 16:00 *March 25, April 1 and April 8, open until 19:30