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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  November 25, 2015 (Wed) - May 29, 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:
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb figurine), Dancing people, female, Excavated from Nohara Tumulus, Miyawaki, Nohara, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama, Kofun period, 6th century
Dancing People, Haniwa (Terracotta tomb figurine),
Excavated from Nohara Tumulus, Miyawaki, Nohara, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama, Kofun period, 6th century
Dogu (Clay Figurine),
From Kamikurokoma, Misaka-cho, Fuefuki-shi, Yamanashi, Jomon period, 3000-2000 BC (Gift of Mr. Miyamoto Naokichi)
Stone Object with Human Face Ornament,
From Kaminemoto, Tono-machi, Iwaki-shi, Fukushima, Jomon period, 2000-1000 BC (Private collection)
Visored Helmet,
From Otsuka Tumulus, Chuo-shi, Yamanashi, Kofun period, 5th century
Footed Stand with Vessels, Sue Stoneware,
From Kanmuriyama tumulus, Shimoashimori, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama, Kofun period, 6th century

The Rise of Buddhism: Asuka - Nara period
Room 1  April 12, 2016 (Tue) - May 15, 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 Sakyamuni at Birth, Asuka period, 7th century (Gift of Ms. Yano Tsuruko)
Daihannya kyo (Great Wisdom Sutra), Vol. 329, Known as "Yakushiji kyo",
Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Yakushiji, Nara)
Daihannya kyo (Great Wisdom Sutra), Vol. 468, Votive sutra of Prince Nagaya,
Nara period, dated 728 (Important Cultural Property, Private collection)
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)
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)

Buddhist Art: Heian - Muromachi period
Room 3  April 12, 2016 (Tue) - May 15, 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:
Standing Prince Shotoku, Kamakura period, 13th-14th century (Lent by Honshoji, Aichi)
Illustrated Biography of Prince Shotoku,
Nanbokucho period, 14th century (Gift of Mr. Kawai Gyokudo)
Prince Shotoku Preaching on Shoman gyo (Lion's Roar of Queen Srimala Sutra),Kamakura period,
14th century (Important Art Object, Lent Lent by the OKURA MUSEUM OF ART)
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 Biography of Priest Honen, Vol. 3,
Kamakura period, dated 1323 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Joufukuji, Ibaraki)
Monjushiri Konpon Daikyo'o Konjicho'o Bon Sutra, Known as "Jingoji kyo",
Heian period, 12th century (Private collection)
Surviving Scroll of Illustrated Legends about Shitennoji Temple,
By Koremune Sueshige, Heian period, dated 1173 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Sanzen'in, Kyoto)
Shinjitsu jihon kyo Sutra,
By Shoken, Heian period, dated 1115

Courtly Art: Heian - Muromachi period
Room 3  April 12, 2016 (Tue) - May 15, 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:
Pine Trees on Seashore, Muromachi period, 15th century (Important Cultural Property, Private collection)
Album of Exemplary Calligraphy Consisting of Ancient Writings, Known as "Hama chidori",
Nara-Edo period, 8th-17th century (Important Art Object, Private collection)
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  April 12, 2016 (Tue) - May 15, 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:
Letter, By Daikyu Shonen, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Matsunaga Yasuzaemon)
Landscape of the Four Seasons,
Attributed to Shubun, Muromachi period, 15th century (Important Cultural Property)

The Art of Tea Ceremony
Room 4  March 15, 2016 (Tue) - June 5, 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 JarCherry blossom and stream design in underglaze blue, Jingdezhen ware, Kosometsuke type, China, Ming dynasty, 17th century (Private collection)
Vase with Phoenix Handles, Celadon glaze, Longquan ware, China, Southern Song-Yuan dynasty, 13th century (Gift of Mr. Matsunaga Yasuzaemon)
Letter of Reply, By Furuta Oribe and Konoe Nobutada, Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period, 16th-17th century (On exhibit from Aprile 26, 2016)

Attire of the Military Elite: Kamakura - Edo period
Room 5 & 6  March 23, 2016 (Wed) - June 12, 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:
Gusoku Type Armor, European-style cuirass, Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period, 16th-17th century
Tachi Sword, By Hiro, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Watanabe Gisuke)
Uchigatana Style Sword Mounting (For tachi sword by Hiro), With black-lacquered scabbard, Muromachi period, 16th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Watanabe Gisuke)

Folding Screens and Sliding Door Paintings: Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period
Room 7  April 19, 2016 (Tue) - May 15, 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:
The Imperial Visit to Ohara, By Hasegawa Kyuzo, Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century
Horse Race at Kamo and Tea Picking at Uji, By Kusumi Morikage, Edo period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by the OKURA MUSEUM OF ART)

Room 8 & Room 11  April 19, 2016 (Tue) - May 8, 2016 (Sun)

This exhibition introduces 52 objects from among those newly designated National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties in 2016.

Exhibit includes:
Scenes in and around Kyoto (Funaki version), By Iwasa Katsumochi (Matabei), Edo Period, 17th century (National Treasure, Tokyo National Museum)
Seated Priest Eison, Wood / Items Enshrined within Eison,
By Zenshun, Kamakura Period, dated 1280 / 13th century (National Treasure, Lent by Saidaiji Temple, Nara)
Domaru Armor with Black Leather Lacing,
Muromachi Period, 15th century (National Treasure, Lent by Kasugataisha Shrine, Nara)
Buddhist Sutras at Shomyoji ; Documents of Kanazawa Bunko,
Heian-Meiji Period, 12th-19th century (National Treasure, Lent by Shomyoji Temple, Kanagawa)
By Fukuda Heihachiro, Showa Period, dated 1932 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Osaka City Museum of Modern Art)
Kongara (Kimkara) and Seitaka (Cetaka), Wood,
Edo Period, 17th century (Important Art Object, Lent by Hozanji Temple, Nara)
Square Dishes Design of the Chinese monk poet Hanshan and Shide in underglaze brown,
Painting by Ogata Korin, calligraphy and Ceramic by Ogata Kenzan, Edo Period, 18th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Kyoto National Museum)
Letter by Fujiwara no Toshinari,
By Fujiwara no Toshinari, Kamakura Period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Kosetsu Museum of Art, Hyogo)
Objects from Toro Site, Shizuoka,
Late Yayoi Period, 1st-3rd century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Shizuoka City, Shizuoka)
Objects from Dainichiyama No. 35 Tumulus, Wakayama,
Late Kofun Period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Wakayama Prefecture)
Materials related to the Ad-hoc National Treasure Research Bureau,
Meiji Period, 19th century (Important Cultural Property, Tokyo National Museum)

Kabuki Costumes: Karaori and Atsuita
Room 9  April 26, 2016 (Tue) - June 19, 2016 (Sun)

In the process of the warrior-class families adopting Noh, the official performing art of the shogunate government, Noh robes gained extravagance and became more stylized. Eventually the styles were established as tradition, and karaori and atsuita came to be distinguished by their unique design features. For example, autumn grasses and other Japanese-style motifs were often used for karaori women’s robes, whereas atsuita, for men, often displayed powerful Chinese-style designs, such as dragons and cloud plaques. This exhibit aims to compare the two types as an introduction to the meanings of motifs in Noh costumes.

Current exhibit includes:
Karaori (Noh costume), Floral arabesque and interlocking lozenge design on yellowish-green ground,
Edo period, 17th century
Karaori (Noh costume), Ramie leaf, wisteria, and poem card design on alternating bands of red and brown ground,
Formerly owned by the Uesugi clan, Edo period, 18th century
Atsuita (Noh costume), Geometric swastika pattern and cloud-shaped gong design on red ground,
Formerly owned by the Ikeda clan, Edo period, 18th century (Lent by the OKURA MUSEUM OF ART, Tokyo)

Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Ukiyo-e
Room 10  April 12, 2016 (Tue) - May 8, 2016 (Sun)

This exhibition showcases works with a seasonal feel. They include prints related to the Boys’ Festival in May, one of the Five Seasonal Festivals, as well as other works with heroic themes featuring warriors, sumo wrestlers, and the legendary boy Kintaro, who possessed supernatural strength. Also included in the lineup are works featuring seasonal flowers such as kerria and wisteria, which come into bloom after cherry blossoms. In addition, the series Sixty-nine Stations of Kiso Kaido Highway by Keisai Eisen (1791–1848) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858) will be featured successively beginning with this exhibition. This first exhibition shows prints that depict the first few stations of the highway starting from the very first station, Nihonbashi.

Current exhibit includes:
Mitate (Parody) of the Village of Yamabuki, By Suzuki Harunobu, Edo period, 18th century
Yamanba and Kintaro: Sake Cup,
By Kitagawa Utamaro, Edo period, 18th century (Important Art Object)
Sumo Wrestlers Tanikaze, Edogasaki, and Kashiwado,
By Katsukawa Shunko, Edo period, 18th century
Sixty-nine Stations of Kiso Kaido Highway, Sequel 1: Snowy Dawn at Nihonbashi Station,
By Keisai Eisen, Edo period, 19th century

Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Fashion
Room 10  April 26, 2016 (Tue) - June 19, 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:
Uchikake (Outer garment), Pine, cherry blossom, and Yatsuhashi bridge design on red chirimen crepe ground, Edo period, 19th century (Private collection)
Kosode (Garment with small wrist openings), Flower-in-square design on black figured satin ground, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Noguchi Shinzo)
Inro (Medicine case), Peony and butterfly design in applique, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Quincy A. Shaw)

2nd floor

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

Daruma, Hosen Miyazawa, 1998
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

1st floor

Japanese Sculpture
Room 11  April 19, 2016 (Tue) - May 8, 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 Senju Kannon Bosatsu (Sahasrabhuja)No. 40, By Tankei, Kamakura period, dated 1251-56 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Myoho'in (From the Main Hall of Rengeo'in), Kyoto)

Room 12  April 26, 2016 (Tue) - July 18, 2016 (Mon)

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:
Tebako (Cosmetic box), Wheels-in-stream design in maki-e lacquer and mother-of-pearl inlay, Heian period, 12th century (National Treasure)
Writing Box, Design based on poem with the word "shinobu" (hare's foot fern) in maki-e lacquer,
Attributed to Hon'ami Koetsu (1558-1637), Edo period, 17th century (Important Art Object, Gift of Mr. Yamamoto Tatsuro)
Sake Flask, Paulownia, bamboo, and phoenix design in maki-e lacquer,
Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Tamukeyama Hachimangu, Nara)
Tebako (Cosmetic box), Suminoe seascape design in maki-e lacquer,
Kamakura period, dated 1228 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Rin'noji, Tochigi)
Raiban (Abbot's seat), Gentian flower roundel design in maki-e lacquer,
Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property)

Japanese Mirrors
Room 13  April 19, 2016 (Tue) - July 10, 2016 (Sun)

From the Yayoi to the Nara period (ca. 5th century BC–794 AD), bronze mirrors from continental Asia, including China and the Korean peninsula, were brought to Japan and reproduced locally. From the subsequent Heian period (794–1192) all the way to the Edo period (1603–1868), mirrors with uniquely Japanese patterns and shapes were created. These are collectively known as wa kagami (lit. Japanese mirrors). This exhibition begins with reproductions of Chinese mirrors from the Nara period, followed by Japanese mirrors, which underwent a long period of change and development. Visitors will be able to see transitions in style and the various patterns that appeared throughout the ages.

Current exhibit includes:
Eight-pointed Mirror, Auspicious flower and pair of phoenixes design, Heian period, 11th-12th century (Important Cultural Property)
Mirror, Paulownia and bamboo design, By Ao Ietsugu, Azuchi-Momoyama period, dated 1588
Square Mirror, Auspicious flower and mythical Chinese beast design, Excavated from Yamadasakuratani-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Nara period, 8th century (Gift of Mr. Araki Otojiro)

Japanese Swords
Room 13  March 15, 2016 (Tue) - May 29, 2016 (Sun)

Exhibits selected swords and sword-fittings from the Heian to Edo periods, including the Katana Sword, By Soshu Masamune.

Current exhibit includes:
Chokuto Sword, Known as "Suiryu ken", Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)
Tachi Sword, Known as "Daihannya-Nagamitsu", By Nagamitsu, Kamakura period, 13th century (National Treasure)
Katana Sword, Known as "Kanze Masamune", By Soshu Masamune, Kamakura period, 14th century (National Treasure)

Room 13  April 19, 2016 (Tue) - July 10, 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:
Water JarFishing net design, Mino ware, Shino type, Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period, 16th-17th century (Private collection)
Hexagonal Dish, Jurojin (one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune) design in underglaze iron pigment,
By Ogata Korin, Edo period, 18th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by the OKURA MUSEUM OF ART, Tokyo)
Bowl with Arched Handle, Cherry blossom design in overglaze enamel and openwork,
Kyoto ware, Edo period, 18th century
Bowl, Red dot, cloud, and dragon design in overglaze enamel,
Imari ware, Kakiemon type, Edo period, 17th century
Large Dish, Bird and flower design in underglaze blue,
Imari ware, Edo period, 17th century (Private collection)

Room 14  April 12, 2016 (Tue) - June 5, 2016 (Sun)

Cloisonné, or shippo in Japanese, is a technique in which colorful glazes are baked onto a metal object, creating a glass-like layer on its surface. Early examples in Japan include 7th century ornaments excavated from the Kegoshizuka burial mound (Asukamura, Nara prefecture) and 8th century objects from the Shosoin Repository of Imperial Treasures. Although this technique continued to be used in Europe and China, with foreign cloisonné works being brought into Japan during the Muromachi period (1392–1573), local use of this technique had ceased. With the development of new materials, subjects, and techniques in the decorative arts of the Edo period (1603–1868), shippo was revived and saw use in ornamented sliding door handles and nailhead covers, sword fittings, calligraphy tools, and other works with designs embodying Japanese aesthetics. This technique, however, fell into disuse once again. Under these circumstances, Japanese cloisonné was revived and reached an unprecedented level both in terms of technique and artistic expression as demonstrated by, first and foremost, Kaji Tsunekichi (1803–83) and the “Owari shippo” style he created. The cloisonné works of other masters such as Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845–1927) were presented on the world stage and greeted with praise and admiration.
This exhibition introduces the beauty of Japanese cloisonné, featuring reproductions of works from the Shosoin Repository, colorfully ornamented sliding door handles and nailhead covers from the Edo period, as well as artworks of the Meiji era.

Current exhibit includes:
Yatate (Inkwell and case for writing brush), Flower and butterfly design in cloisonné, Edo period, 19th century
Sword Guard, Treasures design in cloisonné,
By Hikoshiro, Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period, 16th-17th century
Sliding Door Handles, Chrysanthemum and water design in cloisonné,
Edo period, 18th century
Water Dropper in Shape of Flat Hu Vase, Geometric pattern design in cloisonné,
Edo period, 17th-18th century (Gift of Mr. Watanabe Toyotaro and Mr. Watanabe Masayuki)
Vases, Flower and butterfly design in cloisonné,
By Namikawa Yasuyuki, Dated 1892 (Gift of Japan Delegate Office for World's Columbian Exposition)

Records of History
Room 15  April 26, 2016 (Tue) - June 19, 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:
Surveyed and Illustrated Map of the Tokaido HighwayIshibe, Kusatsu, Otsu, Kyoto, Edo period, dated 1806 (Important Cultural Property)

The Prayers of the Ainu People
Room 16  April 12, 2016 (Tue) - July 10, 2016 (Sun)

The Ainu people believed that everything in their rich natural environment, from the vast plateaus of their native northern landscapes to the infinite expanse of the ocean, possessed a soul. Things which were essential to human life and beyond human capability were regarded as deities and worshipped. The Ainu believed that a stable lifestyle would be impossible without the provision and protection of the gods. They prayed for a life of continued peace, and held rituals to verbally express their gratitude toward the gods for heeding their prayers.
This exhibition features ritual items used by the Ainu people, including crowns and necklaces, as well as implements such as inau, iku-pasui, and wooden figurines. There are also various implements that were used in the ceremonial sacrifices of bears. Together with paintings of Ainu, these objects give us insight into how the Ainu people prayed to their gods.

Current exhibit includes:
Shitoki (Necklace), Hokkaido Ainu, 19th century
Sword Mounting,
Hokkaido Ainu, 19th century
Hokkaido Ainu, 19th century (Transferred from the Bureau for the Vienna World Exposition, On exhibit through May 22, 2016)
Hokkaido Ainu, 19th century (Gift of Ms. Hirako Hatsu, On exhibit from May 24, 2016)
Ikupasui (Conveyer of wine and prayers to gods),
Hokkaido Ainu, 19th century (Transferred from the Bureau for the Vienna World Exposition)
Cup Stand,
Hokkaido Ainu, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada, On exhibit from May 24, 2016)
"Sending off the Bear's Spirit" Ceremony,
By Hirasawa Byozan, Dated 1871 (Private collection, On exhibit through May 22, 2016)
Trade Ceremony between Ainu and Japanese,
By Hirasawa Byozan, Dated 1871 (Private collection)

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  April 12, 2016 (Tue) - May 15, 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:
Flame, By Uemura Shoen, Dated 1918
Spring Rain,
By Shimomura Kanzan, Dated 1916
Late Spring,
By Nagahara Kotaro, Dated 1915
Ornament, With a crystal ball,
By Asakura Matsugoro, Tokyo, Meiji era, 19th century (Gift of the Bureau for the Vienna World Exposition)
Large Flower Vase, "Oeyama (scene of goblin hunting)" design,
By Yokoyama Takashige and Yokoyama Yazaemon, Dated 1872 (Gift of the Bureau for the Vienna World Exposition)

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.”