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Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum

博物館でお花見を

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 13 – Sunday, May 20, 2017). 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.

Finding Cherry Blossoms in the Jananese Gallery (Honkan)
Springtime opening of the Museum Garden

 

博物館でお花見を

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 13 – Sunday, May 20, 2017). 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.

 

Finding Cherry Blossoms in the Jananese Gallery (Honkan)
Springtime opening of the Museum Garden
 

 

Finding Cherry Blossoms in the Jananese Gallery (Honkan)

Finding Cherry Blossoms in the Jananese Gallery (Honkan)

 

There are many artworks featuring cherry blossoms on display in the Japanese Gallery. Come and enjoy the various expressions of cherry blossoms depicted in ancient and modern masterpieces.

国宝 花下遊楽図屛風 狩野長信筆 江戸時代・17世紀国宝 花下遊楽図屛風 狩野長信筆 江戸時代・17世紀
Merrymaking under Blossom Trees
By Kano Naganobu, Edo period, 17th century (National Treasure)
Room2, March 13 - April 8, 2018

Depicted on this pair of screens is a scene of cherry blossom viewing by people dressed in garments with the latest designs. Whether it was intended to portray a particular event or setting is unclear. The surrounding trees and curtains, however, create a dramatic effect in which the people performing a folk dance and the ladies watching them appear as though they were on a stage.

 
重要文化財 厩図屛風 室町時代・16世紀 岡崎正也氏寄贈
Horse Stables (detail)
Muromachi period, 16th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Okazaki Masaya)
Room3, March 20 - April 22, 2018

This painting depicts six horses in a stable across two screens. The right end shows pines, wisteria, herons, and tortoises, while the left portrays cherry and willow trees, cranes, and mandarin ducks. There are also people playing traditional board games such as igo, shogi, and sugoroku, as well as a dog and a monkey. Although the primary theme is fine horses, this work features auspicious “flower and bird” motifs and elements of genre painting.

 
 
飛鳥山花見 鳥居清長筆 江戸時代・18世紀
Cherry Blossom Viewing at Asukayama
By Torii Kiyonaga, Edo period, 18th century
Room 10, March 20 - April 15, 2018
 
振袖 染分縮緬地枝垂桜菊短冊模様 江戸時代・18世紀
Furisode (Garment with long sleeves), Design of weeping cherries, chrysanthemums, and tanzaku poem cards on a parti-colored chirimen crepe ground
Edo period, 18th century
Room 10, February 20 - April 22, 2018

This garment for an unmarried woman is decorated with patterns of spring plants at the top and autumn plants at the bottom, making it appropriate for both seasons.
 
不動明王立像 平安時代・11世紀 岡野哲策氏寄贈
Standing Fudo Myo'o (Acalanatha)
Heian period, 11th century (Gift of Mr. Okano Tetsusaku)
Room 11, February 6 - April 15, 2018

The fearsome deity Acalanatha is tasked with converting unbelievers to Buddhism. This is one of the earliest standing images of him and was carved from cherry, a wood that was rarely used in Buddhist sculpture.
 
色絵桜樹図透鉢 仁阿弥道八作 江戸時代・19世紀
Bowl, Cherry tree design in overglaze enamel and openwork
By Nin'nami Dohachi, Edo period, 19th century
Room 13, February 27 - May 20, 2018

Created by a renowned Kyoto potter who was active in the late Edo period (1603-1868), this bowl features cherry trees, and has a box bearing inscriptions.
 

More information
Finding Cherry Blossoms in the Jananese Gallery (Honkan)

 

Stamp Rally

Stamp Rally

バッジ

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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Springtime Opening of the Museum Garden

Springtime Opening of the Museum Garden

The Museum Garden behind the Honkan main building is open during the spring. We invite you to enjoy strolling among the five teahouses, each with their own history, as well as the cherry blossoms, which about 10 varieties bloom from one to another. The flourishing garden is most beautiful at this time of the year.

Springtime Opening of the Museum Garden March 13 - May 20, 2018
*March 30, 31, April 6, and 7, open until 19:30

 

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

Date
March 13, 2018 (Tue) - April 8, 2018 (Sun)  
Venue
Honkan


Related Exhibition

  1. Finding Cherry Blossoms in the Jananese Gallery (Honkan)
  2. Honkan
    March 13, 2018 (Tue) - April 8, 2018 (Sun)


Related Events

  1. Highlights of Artworks Associated with Cherry Blossoms
  2. Honkan-B1 Education Room
    March 23, 2018 (Fri) 14:00 - 14:30

  3. Highlights of Artworks Associated with Cherry Blossoms
  4. Honkan-B1 Education Room
    March 28, 2018 (Wed) 14:00 - 14:30

  5. Experience Japanese Culture: The Noh Play Arashiyama at the Tokyo National Museum
  6. Heiseikan-Auditorium
    March 30, 2018 (Fri) 18:40 (the auditorium will open 30 minutes early; approximately one hour long)

  7. Classical Fragrance of Spring
  8. Honkan-B1 Education Room
    March 30, 2018 (Fri) 14:00 - 14:30

  9. Cherry Blossom Workshop “Coloring Activity: Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom”
  10. Honkan-Lounge (2F)
    March 29, 2018 (Thu) - April 2, 2018 (Mon) 11:00 - 16:00

  11. Appreciating the Folding Screens Merrymaking under Blossom Trees (National Treasure)
  12. Honkan-B1 Education Room
    April 4, 2018 (Wed) 14:00 - 14:30

  13. Paintings Featuring Cherry Blossoms
  14. Heiseikan-Auditorium
    April 7, 2018 (Sat) 13:30 - 15:00

  15. Springtime opening of the Museum Garden
  16. The Garden
    March 13, 2018 (Tue) - May 20, 2018 (Sun)