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The original Main Gallery (designed by the British architect Josiah Conder) was severely damaged in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. In contrast to western style of the original structure, the design of the present Honkan by Watanabe Jin is the more eastern "Emperor's Crown Style." Construction began in 1932, and the building was opened in 1938.
24 exhibition rooms on two floors provide a thorough introduction into Japanese art: "Highlights of Japanese Art" on the second floor introduces the development of Japanese art from Jomon through to the Edo period in a chronological manner, and genre galleries presenting specific rooms displaying ceramics, swords, lacquerwares, sculptures, modern decorative arts as well as the material culture of Ainu and Ryukyu are located on the first floor.

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2nd floor "Highlights of Japanese Art"

  
The Dawn of Japanese Art: Jomon, Yayoi and Kofun periods
Room 1  May 31, 2016 (Tue) - December 11, 2016 (Sun)

The Jomon culture began around 12,000 years ago. Earthenware vessels of this age with various motifs and styles are the starting point of "Highlights of Japanese Art." In the Yayoi period (450 B.C.- A.D. 250), pottery with a simplistic yet refined beauty and dotaku bell-shaped bronzes were prominent. Typical objects from the Kofun period (A.D. 250-600), such as haji, sue wares and haniwa figurines, as well as mirrors, arms and armor, saddlery, and accessory, which expresses the essence of metal and glass craftsmanship, are also featured.

Current exhibit includes:
Dancing People, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figurine), Excavated from Nohara Tumulus, Miyawaki, Nohara, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama, Kofun period, 6th century
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb figurine), Woman in full dress, Excavated from Yokotsuka, Toyoshiro-cho, Isezaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)
Dogu (Clay figurine), With goggle-shaped eyes, Excavated from Rokugoishinadate, Misato-cho, Akita, Jomon period, 1000 - 400BC,
Jar, Excavated from Takakura-cho, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi, Yayoi period, 1st-3rd century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)
Footed Long-necked Jar, Sue ware, Excavated from Kaniana Tumulus, Toshi-cho, Toba-shi, Mie, Kofun (Asuka) period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Kawahara Shozo)

  
The Rise of Buddhism: Asuka - Nara period
Room 1  June 21, 2016 (Tue) - August 7, 2016 (Sun)

In the mid-6th century, Buddhism was officially introduced into Japan from the kingdom of Baekje on the southeastern coast of the Korean peninsula. Japanese culture made a remarkable progress with the adoption of Buddhism. This gallery features early Buddhist statues, sutras, reliquaries, and ritual implements from the Asuka and Nara periods.

Current exhibit includes:
Standing Nyorai (Buddha), Horyuji Treasures, Asuka period, 7th century
Shibun kaihon Monastic Code of Conduct with Preface, Nara period, dated 768 (Gift of Mr. Hori Tatsu)
Ritual Objects Used to Consecrate Site of Kohfukuji Temple, Excavated from under altar of Main Hall at Kohfukuji, Nara, Nara period, 8th century (National Treasure)
Reliquary, Excavated from former Mishima Temple site at Oda, Ibaraki-shi, Osaka, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Ota Jisaburo and Mr. Hirano Sutejiro)
Sarira (Container for Buddhist relics), Excavated from former Mishima Temple site at Oda, Ibaraki-shi, Osaka, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Ota Jisaburo and Mr. Hirano Sutejiro)

  
Room 2  July 26, 2016 (Tue) - August 21, 2016 (Sun)

Where do humans go after death?
Buddhism has the belief of the six realms in reply to this question. The deceased are confronted by the Ten Kings of the Dead, including Yama, at the entrance to their afterlife. They face judgment for their sins and wrongdoings, which determines their sentencing to one of the six realms. The six realms consist of heaven, the human realm, the Asura realm, the beasts realm, the hungry demons realm, and finally, hell. Life transmigrates in a circle connecting the six realms, which are filled with suffering and agony, and this is called samsara. People yearned to escape from the cycle, and wished to be reborn in the Pure Land. This belief was widely spread by the literature Ojo yoshu (Essential Teachings for Rebirth to the Pure Land) by Genshin, or Eshin Sozu, a monk of the temples at Mount Hiei. Many depictions of the six realms were also created based on the Ojo yoshu.
The work on display portrays the hungry demons realm, one of the three most torturous realms. This is where the greedy, selfish, and jealous fall into. They will constantly suffer from hunger and thirst and will never be content. According to the Meditation on the Correct Teaching Sutra, a hungry demon has 36 different appearances. They are roughly divided into those who secretly roam in the human realm and those who are tortured in the hungry demons realm, which are both represented in this illustrated scroll as well.
Significant works such as the Scroll of Hell and the Illustrated Scroll of Illnesses also appeared in the late Heian period, representing the anguish of the six realms in amazing vividness. This work was presumably created by the people close to the cloistered emperor Goshirakawa, known to have favored illustrated handscrolls, and is also counted as a notable painting of the six realms.

  
Buddhist Art: Heian - Muromachi period
Room 3  June 21, 2016 (Tue) - August 7, 2016 (Sun)

Buddhist art is one of the major genres that define Japanese art. Many masterworks date from the late Heian period, a time characterized as classical in Japanese art history. After the Kamakura period, Buddhist art further developed in its materials, methods, and styles as Zen schools and other new Buddhist schools emerged, together with the influence from the Chinese arts. This exhibit features artworks from the Heian to Kamakura periods, when Buddhist art most flourished, adding siginificant objects from the Nanbokucho and Muromachi periods.

Current exhibit includes:
Seated Amida Nyorai (Amitabha), Kamakura period, 12th-13th century (Lent by Ganshoji, Shizuoka)
Mandala of the Pure Land,
Nanbokucho period, 14th century (Lent by the OKURA MUSEUM OF ART, Tokyo)
Amida Nyorai (Amitabha),
Kamakura period, 14th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Iwaki city, Fukushima)
Plaque with Hairline Engraving of Zao Gongen,
Excavated from Kinpusen, Tenkawa-mura, Yoshino-gun, Nara, Heian period, dated 1001 (National Treasure, Lent by Nishiarai daishi Soujiji, Tokyo)
Illustrated Scroll of Teachings Essential for Rebirth in the Pure Land, Vol. 3,
Muromachi period, 15th century (Private collection)
List of Ritual Objects for Esoteric Buddhism Brought from China by Priest Saicho,
By Saicho (767-822), Heian period, dated 811 (National Treasure, Lent by Enryakuji, Shiga)
Documents Relating to Ordination of Priest Denkyo Daishi,
Heian period, 9th century (National Treasure, Lent by Raigoin, Kyoto)

  
Courtly Art: Heian - Muromachi period
Room 3  June 21, 2016 (Tue) - August 7, 2016 (Sun)

The courtiers were strongly involved in the arts through the Heian and Muromachi periods, their aesthetic tastes playing a great role in Japanese art history. Literature works such as waka poems and other calligraphy written by courtiers, and e-maki narrative picture scrolls are displayed in this room with decorative art objects.

Current exhibit includes:
Story of Mice, Artist unkown, Edo period, 18th century
Album of Exemplary Calligraphy on Tanzaku Paper, Kamakura - Edo period, 14th - 18th century
Mirror, Pine, wisteria, and pair of cranes design
, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Inashimo Jinja, Shizuoka)

  
Zen and Ink Painting: Kamakura - Muromachi period
Room 3  June 21, 2016 (Tue) - August 7, 2016 (Sun)

This gallery features works by famous artists of the landscape-painting genre, along with famous works of bokuseki (calligraphy by Zen priests).

Current exhibit includes:
Verse of Praise Written on the Anniversary of Nan'in Kokushi's Death, By Seisetsu Shocho, Nanbokucho period, dated 1337
Chinese Poet Li Bai Viewing a Waterfall, Inscription by Isho Tokugan, Muromachi period, 15th century (Important Cultural Property, Private collection)

 

  
The Art of Tea Ceremony
Room 4  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - September 11, 2016 (Sun)

This gallery highlights the way of tea through its various art works such as paintings and calligraphy, vases, vessels for kaiseki meals, kettles, tea caddies, and tea bowls.

Current exhibit includes:
Water Jar with Straight Lip, Known as “Shiba no Iori”, Shigaraki ware, Hitoeguchi type, Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century, Important Cultural Property (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)
Tea Caddy, Bunrin ("apple") type; known as "Uji",
Southern Song-Yuan dynasty, 13th century (Gift of Mr. Matsunaga Yasuzaemon)
Segment of Nyoi ho shu Poetry Anthology,
Attributed to Prince Munetaka, Heian period, 11th century
Tea Bowl, Horimishima type; known as "Kimura",
Joseon dynasty, 16th-17th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)

  
Attire of the Military Elite: Heian - Edo period
Room 5 & 6  June 14, 2016 (Tue) - September 4, 2016 (Sun)

Beginning with the sword which is the most important possession of a samurai, this gallery focuses on arms and armor, saddlery, attire of the warriors as well as their portraits and hand-writings.

Current exhibit includes:
Yoroi Type Armor, With white lacing, Kamakura period, 14th century (National Treasure, Lent by Hinomisaki Jinja, Shimane)
Tanto Sword, By Yukimitsu, Kamakura period, 14th century (National Treasure, On exhibit from June 21, 2016)
Aikuchi Style Sword Mounting (For tanto sword by Yukimitsu), Auspicious cloud design in maki-e lacquer, Edo period, 19th century (On exhibit from June 21, 2016)

 

  
Folding Screens and Sliding Door Paintings: Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period
Room 7  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - August 7, 2016 (Sun)

This gallery is dedicated to the genre of shohei-ga, which includes mural paintings, fusuma paintings and byobu paintings. The room is especially designed for an effective display of grand-scale paintings.

Current exhibit includes:
Landscape, By Kano Tan'yu, Edo period, 17th century (Important Art Object, Gift of Mr. Nishiwaki Kenji)

  
The Arts of Daily Life: Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period
Room 8  May 10, 2016 (Tue) - July 31, 2016 (Sun)

The maturing of Japanese culture supported by the military and commoner classes continued throughout the Azuchi-Momoyama and Edo periods. This gallery introduces the craft of interior furnishings and daily utensils that adorned the life of the people during these periods.

Current exhibit includes:
Writing Box, Gabions and plovers design in maki-e lacquer, Edo period, 18th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)
Kosode (Garment with small wrist openings), Peony, wisteria, chrysanthemum bouquet, and fret pattern design on white figured satin ground,
Passed down by the Shimazu clan, Edo period, 18th century
Hitoe (Summer garment), Wisteria, hollyhock, and carriage wheel design on red silk crepe ground,
Edo period, 19th century
Pipe, Sword beanpod shape,
Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Yamanaka Emu)
Large Dish, Oak tree and pair of birds design in overglaze enamel,
Nabeshima ware, Edo period, 17th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)
Tiered Box with Handle, Dragon and wave design in underglaze blue,
By Aoki Mokubei, Edo period, 19th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Kasagi Toru)

  
Developments in Painting and Calligraphy: Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period
Room 8  June 21, 2016 (Tue) - August 7, 2016 (Sun)

This gallery introduces the dynamic and multi-faceted world of paintings and calligraphy from the Azuchi-Momoyama to the Edo period.

Current exhibit includes:
Old Temple amid Mountains and Pines, By Tanomura Chikuden, Edo period, ca. 1832 (Important Cultural Property)
Collection of Letters by Painters, Vol. 1, By Yosa Buson and others, Edo period, 18th-19th century,

  
Masks and Costumes of Kyogen Theater
Room 9  June 21, 2016 (Tue) - August 7, 2016 (Sun)

In the Muromachi period (1392-1573), jokes and humorous words or actions were called “kyogen.” The Japanese theater named after this word is based on everyday life in the Muromachi period. Appropriate for these plays, Kyogen masks also have funny and cheerful qualities. Kyogen costumes also boldly express the cheerful atmosphere of this theater. The backs of the suo and kataginu garments that actors portraying provincial feudal lords and their servants wear, for example, are boldly filled with designs of annual events and ceremonies, seasonal flowers and vegetables, or everyday tools and even toys – all reflective of the approachable nature of these characters.
We invite visitors to look for notes of humor in these masks and costumes while imagining the lively interactions of the actors who wore them.

Current exhibit includes:
Kyogen Mask, Noborihige type, By Dohaku, Edo period, 18th century
Kake Suo (Noh costume), Plum blossom design on parti-colored ground,
Edo period, 19th century (Lent by the Agency for Cultural Affairs)

  
Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Ukiyo-e
Room 10  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - July 31, 2016 (Sun)

The ukiyo-e genre of pictures developed as portrayals of people’s daily life through individual paintings, as well as mass-produced woodblock prints. This exhibit features seasonal themes, beginning with Enjoying the Cool at Sumida River, by an artist from the Miyagawa school, which specialized in ukiyo-e paintings. Themes for the ukiyo-e prints on view include the tanabata star festival, fireworks, mosquito nets, or cooling off, together with clematis and other summer flowers.

Current exhibit includes:
Drinking Sake Inside and Outside a Mosquito Net, By Torii Kiyomasu, Edo period, 18th century
Elegant Pleasures: The Scent of Flowers,
By Kitagawa Utamaro, Edo period, 18th century
Fireworks at Ryogoku,
By Kitagawa Utamaro, Edo period, 18th century
Enjoying the Cool at Sumida River,
By Miyagawa Choki, Edo period, 18th century (Important Art Object, Lent by the OKURA MUSEUM OF ART, Tokyo)

  
Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Fashion
Room 10  June 21, 2016 (Tue) - August 7, 2016 (Sun)

Introduces the fashion of the Edo period townspeople. Enjoy comparing with the ukiyo-e works exhibited in the same room.

Current exhibit includes:
Katabira (Unlined summer garment), Fan, snowflake, cosmetic box, and autumn grasses design on reddish-black ramie ground, Edo period, 17th century
Katabira (Unlined summer garment), Design of leaf- or fan-shaped birds and ivy on light yellow ramie ground, Edo period, 18th century
Katabira (Unlined summer garment), Autumn grasses, symbol for Genji incense game, and butterfly design on parti-colored white and red ramie ground, Edo period, 19th century

2nd floor

  
Netsuke: The Prince Takamado Collection
The Prince Takamado Collection Room  April 19, 2016 (Tue) - July 31, 2016 (Sun)

 Including:
Daruma, Hosen Miyazawa, 1998
Kappa,
By Kenji Abe, 1986
Angel's Tears, (ojime) Cheese,
By Kozan Fukuyama, 2001
Winter Sparrow,
By Shizuka Kimura, 1998
Belling the Cat,
By Susan Wraight, 2001

  
Room T2  July 5, 2016 (Tue) - August 28, 2016 (Sun)

When people working at museums study artworks, they look at them in many different ways, turning them upside down and looking inside them. By doing this, they can unlock the secrets of these artworks, finding out how they were made and what they were used for. We can discover a lot about art by looking in these hidden places, so let’s get started!

Current exhibit includes:
Haniwa male figure, Excavated at Tsukahara, Shimoyokoba, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki, Late Kofun period, 6th century
Seated Buddha, Painted red inside,
Asuka period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property)
Mystic Mirror, With letters that come out under the light,
Edo period, 18th century
Okita of Naniwaya, A popular star from Edo,
By Kitagawa Utamaro, Edo period, 18th century
Engishiki (Rules and regulations concerning ceremonies and other events), Vol. 26, Written on the back of used paper,
Heian period, 11th century (National Treasure)
Sixteen Arhats: Thirteenth Arhat, Painting of a priest who was one of the great pupils of the Buddha,
Heian period, 11th century (National Treasure)

1st floor Special Exhibition

  
Room T5  September 13, 2016 (Tue) - December 11, 2016 (Sun)

Rakuyaji (Koka city, Shiga prefecture), an ancient temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism, has preserved twenty Buddhist statues from the Heian period (794–1192) that were designated Important Cultural Properties. This number is outstanding even in Shiga prefecture, where a number of fine Buddhist statues remain to this day. This exhibition is the first opportunity to show all twenty of these statues outside Rakuyaji Temple.

1st floor

  
Japanese Sculpture
Room 11  July 26, 2016 (Tue) - October 23, 2016 (Sun)

This gallery introduces the history of sculptural art in Japan through prototypical wood-sculptures featuring examples dating from the Heian and Kamakura periods, the zenith of Japanese sculpture.

Current exhibit includes:
Standing Juichimen Kannon Bosatsu (Ekadasamukha), Formerly preserved at Tonomine, Nara, Tang dynasty, 7th century (Important Cultural Property)
Standing Jizo Bosatsu (Ksitigarbha),
Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Joruriji, Kyoto)
Standing Juichimen Kannon Bosatsu (Ekadasamukha),
Heian period, 9th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Kojima-dera, Nara)
Seated Amida Nyorai (Amitabha),
Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Komyoji, Nagano)
Standing Senju Kannon Bosatsu (Sahasrabhuja)No. 493,
By Injo, Kamakura period, dated 1251-59 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Myoho'in (From the Main Hall of Rengeo'in), Kyoto)

  
Lacquerware
Room 12  July 20, 2016 (Wed) - October 2, 2016 (Sun)

Features maki-e works from Heian to Edo period. The exhibit shows the history and beauty of maki-e, a unique lacquerwork method that developed in Japan.

Current exhibition includes:
Writing Box, Scene illustrating a poem known as "[Shio no yama]" in maki-e lacquer, Muromachi period, 15th century (Important Cultural Property)
Writing Box, Reed and boat design in maki-e lacquer,
Attributed to Hon'ami Koetsu (1558-1637), Edo period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property)
Box for Priest's Vestment, Mount Penglai (Horai) design in maki-e lacquer,
Horyuji Treasures Collection, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property)
Christian Shrine, Flower, tree, bird, and animal design in maki-e lacquer and mother of pearl inlay,
Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period, 16th-17th century (Important Cultural Property)
Writing Table and Writing Box, Ivy-bound path design in maki-e lacquer,
By Tatsuke Chobei, Edo period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property)

  
Metalwork: Articulated Figures and Ornaments
Room 13  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - September 25, 2016 (Sun)

Metalwork techniques became highly sophisticated in the Edo period (1603-1868). Reflecting the long-lasting peace, the maturity of townspeople culture, and the development of natural history studies, various animal and plant motifs were featured in highly realistic depictions on stationery and furniture. These objects transcended their initial use or function and encouraged the appreciation of meticulous form. This exhibit introduces the rich art of Edo-period metalwork, represented by articulated figures, censers, and other ornaments.

Current exhibit includes:
Hanging Incense Burner, Flower basket shape, Edo period, 18th century
Articulated Figure, Spiny lobster,
By Myochin Munekiyo, Edo period, 18th-19th century
Articulated Figure, Dragon,
By Myochin Mune'aki, Edo period, dated 1713
Articulated Figure, Hawk,
By Myochin Kiyoharu, Edo period, 18th-19th century

  
Japanese Swords
Room 13  May 31, 2016 (Tue) - August 21, 2016 (Sun)

Exhibits selected swords and sword-fittings from the Heian to Edo periods, including the Tanto Sword, By Kunitoshi.

Current exhibit includes:
Tanto Sword, By Kunitoshi, Kamakura period, deted 1316 (National Treasure, Lent by Atsuta Jingu, Aichi)
Tachi SwordKnown as “Koryu Kagemitsu”, By Kagemitsu, Kamakura period, dated 1322 (National Treasure)
Katana Sword, By Katsumitsu and Harumitsu, Muromachi period, 16th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Nogi Jinja, Tokyo)

  
Ceramics
Room 13  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - October 2, 2016 (Sun)

From Japan's first glazed ceramics of the Nara period to the various wares of the late Edo period, the exhibits will introduce the history of Japanese ceramics through masterworks according to time period and production sites.

Current exhibit includes:
Large-mouthed Jar, Yellow glaze with peony arabesque design, Seto ware, Kamakura period, 14th century (Important Cultural Property)
Ornamental Plate, Autumn grass design,
Mino ware, Nezumi Shino type, Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period, 16th-17th century (Private collection)
Water Jar, Peony design in overglaze enamel,
Studio of Ninsei, with "Ninsei" mark, Edo period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Empress Dowager Shoken)
Dishes in Shape of Poem Cards, Waka poem design in underglaze iron pigment,
Kenzan ware, Edo period, dated 1743
Lidded Vessel, Chrysanthemum and stream design in overglaze enamel,
Imari ware, Kakiemon type, Edo period, 18th century
Sake Flasks, Autumn grass design in overglaze enamel,
Imari ware, Kakiemon type, Edo period, 17th century (Private collection)

  
Room 14  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - July 31, 2016 (Sun)

Ivory carving for interior ornaments, or okimono, developed from the tradition of meticulous ivory carving for netsuke that flourished in particular around the mid-19th century, at the end of the Edo period. These ivory carved netsuke and ornaments became popular among Westerners who visited Japan from overseas, and as early as the beginning of the Meiji period, ivory okimono became favorites of exported Japanese decorative art.
Many of the okimono made in the Meiji era were exported to the West and few works remain in Japan. However, the Tokyo National Museum collection includes a number of outstanding works displayed at international expositions at the time. This exhibit features these works and presents the tradition and evolution that has continued on from the Edo period since the 17th century until today.

Current exhibit includes:
Netsuke, Mask maker design, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Go Seinosuke)
Netsuke, Lady Tokiwa design,
Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Go Seinosuke)
Netsuke, Oharame (female vendors from Ohara known to carry merchandise on their heads) design,
Meiji era, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Go Seinosuke)
Netsuke, Design of scene from Noh play Takasago,
Meiji era, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Go Seinosuke)
Fujiwara no Kamatari,
By Shimamura Shunmei, Dated 1892 (Gift of Japan Delegate Office for World's Columbian Exposition, Chicag)
Cherry,
Taisho era, 20th century (The family of Prince Takamado)
Grass Pillow,
By Miyazawa Ryoshu III, 1991 (The Prince Takamado Collection)

  
Records of History
Room 15  June 21, 2016 (Tue) - August 21, 2016 (Sun)

Tokyo National Museum includes a large collection of historical objects and documents. This collection began with objects previously owned by the Edo shogunate government. From the museum's establishment in 1872 (Meiji 5) onward, the collection grew through the holding of exhibitions as well as surveys of cultural properties.
This exhibition displays various historical records and objects. These include maps from the Edo period (1603–1868) and Meiji era (1868–1912), in addition to illustrated albums relating to academic fields and industry. Selected pieces from the TNM’s extensive collection of photographs dating back to the end of the Edo period, which show the individuals, landscapes, expositions, and cultural properties of those times, are also exhibited.

Current exhibit includes:
Catalogue of Ancient Objects, Edited by Historical Division, Tokyo Imperial Household Museum, Meiji era, 19th-20th century
Surveyed and Illustrated Map of Tokaido Highway, Hirakata, Moriguchi, and Osaka,
Edo period, dated 1806 (Important Cultural Property)

  
Ainu and Ryuku: Decorative Arts of Ryukyu
Room 16  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - September 25, 2016 (Sun)

Tokyo National Museum's collection of ethnological materials from Ryukyu (present-day Okinawa) is mainly comprised of objects purchased by the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce from Okinawa prefecture in 1884. In 1882, the German Anthropological Society requested the Ministry to collect ethnological objects from Ryukyu as reference materials for their research. Materials sent back from Germany and spare copies left in Tokyo were transferred to this museum.
This display introduces chic decorative art objects from Ryukyu, including glistening metalwork objects, vivid, beautiful textiles, ceramics that have incorporated a variety of influences, lacquerware showing Chinese influence, and various jade objects thought to have been used by noro.


Current exhibit includes:
Covered Food Tray, Landscape, pavilion, and figure design in [haku-e] lacquer (gold leaf imprint), Ryukyu, Second Sho dynasty, Ryukyu kingdom, 19th century (On exhibit through August 7, 2016)
Tea Set,
Okinawa Main Island, Second Sho dynasty, Ryukyu kingdom, 19th century (On exhibit from August 9, 2016)
Hair Ornament for Noro (Female shaman),
Amami Oshima Island, Second Sho dynasty, Ryukyu kingdom, 18th century (Gift of Ms. Yamato Ryoko)
Ritual Bead Necklace,
Amami Oshima Island, Second Sho dynasty, Ryukyu kingdom, 19th century (Gift of Ms. Yamato Ryoko, On exhibit from August 9, 2016)
Liquor Bottle,
Okinawa Main Island, Tsuboya ware, Second Sho dynasty, Ryukyu kingdom, 19th century
Cinerary Urn,
Okinawa Main Island, Tsuboya ware, Second Sho Dynasty, Ryukyu Kingdom, 19th century

  
Conservation and Restoration
Room 17  April 15, 2014 (Tue) - April 9, 2017 (Sun)

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The preservation and conservation of cultural properties are essential aspects of our Museum's mission. From this point of view, this room features object research and examination, environmental maintenance of storage and exhibition rooms, and conservation procedures applied in accordance to materials and conditions of the objects.

 

  
Modern Art
Room 18  June 21, 2016 (Tue) - July 31, 2016 (Sun)

This gallery features paintings and sculptures from the Meiji to Taisho period. Since it first opened in 1872 as the exposition venue of the Ministry of Education, Tokyo National Museum has collected important artworks that signify the development of modern Japanese art. The exhibit consists of selected works from the collection.

Current exhibit includes:
Mount Fuji Rising above Clouds, By Yokoyama Taikan, Ca. 1913
Landscape (Shinobazu Pond),
By Antonio Fontanesi, Dated 1876-78
Horse,
By Goto Sadayuki, Dated 1893
Eagle,
By Suzuki Chokichi, Dated 1892 (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Japan Delegate Office for World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago)
Large Vase, White porcelain with butterfly and peony design in relief, B
y Seifu Yohei lll, Dated 1892 (Gift of Japan Delegate Office for World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago)

  
Education Center: Education Space
Room 19  April 15, 2014 (Tue) - April 9, 2017 (Sun)

Designing at TNM
Exploring The TNM Collection
Making at TNM
Searching for National Treasures at TNM
Touching TNM

  
Room 19  March 15, 2016 (Tue) - September 11, 2016 (Sun)

This display introduces a traditional decorative technique known as “kirikane” (literally, “cut gold”), where finely cut gold leaf is affixed to a surface with an adhesive known as nikawa to produce detailed designs. In Japan, the kirikane technique was often used in Buddhist paintings from the Heian and Kamakura periods. As the gold leaf reflects light, it lends the paintings a brilliant effect. Here, we introduce the technique of kirikane based on the example of the Kujaku Myo’o, a Buddhist painting in the Tokyo National Museum collection. This painting is a designated National Treasure which depicts the Buddhist divinity known in Japanese as “Kujaku Myo’o” (literally, “Peacock Deva”), and in Sanskrit as “Mahamayuri.”