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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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Finding Cherry Blossom in the Japanese Gallery (Honkan)

 March 14, 2017 (Tue) - April 9, 2017 (Sun)

To coincide with the Springtime Opening of the Museum Garden (Tuesday, March 14- Sunday, May 7, 2017), many artworks featuring cherry blossoms are on display in the Japanese Gallery. Come and enjoy the various expressions of cherry blossom depicted in ancient and modern masterpieces.

2nd floor "Highlights of Japanese Art"

The Dawn of Japanese Art: Jomon, Yayoi and Kofun periods
Room 1  January 2, 2017 (Mon) - July 16, 2017 (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:
Deep Bowl, From Ubayama Shell Mound, Kashiwai-machi, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba, Jomon period, 3000-2000 BC (Gift of Mr. Sugihara Sosuke)
(Terracotta tomb figure), Warrior in Armor, From Kamishiba Tumulus, Misato-machi, Takasaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century
(Terracotta tomb figure), Monkey, Attributed provenance: Dainichizuka Tumulus, Okinosu, Namegata-shi, Ibaraki, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)
From Kugahara, Ota-ku, Tokyo, Yayoi period, 1st-3rd century (Important Cultural Property, Private collection)
Mirror, Deity and horse carriage design,
From Samitatakarazuka Tumulus, Kawai-cho, Nara, Kofun period, 4th-5th century (Originally made in China, 2nd-3rd century) (Important Cultural Property)
Ridge-end Tile,
From former Fuchidaka Temple site, Fuchidaka-cho, Aisai-shi, Aichi, Nara period, 8th century

The Rise of Buddhism: Asuka - Nara period
Room 1  March 22, 2017 (Wed) - April 23, 2017 (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:
Ho'on Kyo Sutra, Attributed to Gyoyo, Nara period, 8th century
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)
Bowl, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)


National Treasure Gallery: Merrymaking under Blossom Trees
Room 2  March 14, 2017 (Tue) - April 9, 2017 (Sun)

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.

On Exhibit:
Merrymaking under Blossom Trees, By Kano Naganobu, Edo period, 17th century (National Treasure)

Buddhist Art: Heian - Muromachi period
Room 3  March 22, 2017 (Wed) - April 23, 2017 (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 Juni Shinsho (Twelve Heavenly Generals): Bishin (Who protects the direction of the sheep), Formerly owned by Joruriji temple, Kyoto, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property)
Juntei Kannon (Cundi), Heian period, 12th century (Gift of Mr. Tanaka Shinbi,Important Cultural Property)
Sixteen Arhats: Sixth Arhat, Kamakura period, 14th century (Lent by Reiunji, Tokyo, Important Cultural Property)
Sixteen Arhats: Second Arhat, Kamakura period, 14th century (Lent by Guhoji, Chiba, Important Art Object)
Illustrated Biography of Priest Shinran, Vol. 1, Nanbokucho period, dated 1344 (Lent by Shoganji, Chiba, Important Cultural Property)
Diary of the Monk Sonkai's Overseas Travel, By Sonkai, Muromachi period, dated 1539(Lent by Daiganji, Hiroshima, Important Cultural Property)
Record of the Monk Xuanzang's Journey to India, Vol. 4, From the Chusonji Kyo, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property)
Flower Basket, Hosoge floral arabesque design in openwork, Heian period, 12th century (Lent by Jinshoji, Shiga, National Treasure)
Flower Basket, Hosoge floral arabesque design in openwork, Nanbokucho period, 14th century (Lent by Jinshoji, Shiga, National Treasure)

Courtly Art: Heian - Muromachi period
Room 3  March 22, 2017 (Wed) - April 23, 2017 (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:
Genre Scenes of the Twelve Months, Muromachi period, 16th century
Record of poem contests held by Tsunehira no Daini, Attributed to Fujiwara no Toshitada, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property)
Record of Poem Contest Held in Emperor's Palace in 960, Attributed to Fujiwara no Tadaie, Heian period, 12th century (Gift of Mr. Tanaka Shinbi, Important Cultural Property)
Hanging Lantern, Plum and bamboo design in openwork, Excavated at Sen'yoji Temple Site, Chibadera-machi, Chuo-ku, Chiba-shi, Muromachi period, dated 1550 (Gift of Mr. Hatano Yujiro, Important Cultural Property)

Zen and Ink Painting: Kamakura - Muromachi period
Room 3  March 22, 2017 (Wed) - April 23, 2017 (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:
Word Explaining the Teachings of Buddha, By Rinzan Doin, Kamakura period, dated 1325
Flowers and Birds of the Four Seasons, By Kano Motonobu, Muromachi period, 16th century (Private collection)

The Art of Tea Ceremony
Room 4  March 22, 2017 (Wed) - June 11, 2017 (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, Shino type, Fishing net design, Mino ware, Azuchi-Momoyama–Edo period, 16th–17th century (Private collection)
Tea Caddy, Bunrin (“apple”) type; known as the “Uji”, China, Southern Song–Yuan dynasty, 13th century
Tea Kettle, Plum tree and bamboo design, Ashiya ware, Muromachi period, 15th century (Lent by The Satoh Artcraft Research & Scholarship Foundation)
Poem on Shikishi Paper, Attributed to Ono no Tofu, Heian period, 11th century (on exhibit from April 25, 2017)

Attire of the Military Elite: Heian - Edo period
Room 5 & 6  March 14, 2017 (Tue) - June 4, 2017 (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:
Domaru Type Armor, With black leather lacing and white lacing on top, omodaka style, ridged helmet, Muromachi period, 15th century (Important Cultural Property)
Style Sword Mounting, With scabbard decorated with spiral bands of silver-plated copper, Heian period, 12th century (National Treasure, Lent by Niutsuhime jinja, Wakayama, On exhibit through March 20, 2017)
Sword, Known as “Shishio”, By swordsmith in Yamato, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, On exhibit from March 22, 2017)
Sword Mounting (For tachi sword known as “Shishio”), With black-lacquered scabbard, Kamakura period, 13th - 14th century (Important Cultural Property, On exhibit from March 22, 2017)

Folding Screens and Sliding Door Paintings: Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period
Room 7  March 22, 2017 (Wed) - April 23, 2017 (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:
Cherry Trees and Kerria Plants, By Tawaraya Sotatsu, Edo period, 17th century (Gift of Mr. Tazawa Fusataro)

The Arts of Daily Life: Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period
Room 8  January 31, 2017 (Tue) - April 16, 2017 (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:
Tea Caddy, Weeping cherry design in maki-e lacquer, Edo period, 17th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)
Yogi Bedspread, Mandarin orange and plum design on yellowish-green crepe ground, Edo period, 19th century (On exhibit through February 2, 2017)
Garment for Naishi no Suke Rank, Edo period, 19th century (On exhibit from February 28, 2017)
Sake Ewer in Shape of Gourd, By Funada Ikkin, Edo period, dated 1843
Bowl in Shape of Cracked Japanese Peppercorn, White opaque glaze, Agano ware, Edo period, 17th century (Private collection)
Sake Flask, Bamboo design in overglaze enamel, Kyoto ware, Edo period, 17th - 18th century
Lobed Bowl, Cherry blossom and maple tree design in overglaze enamel, By Nin'nami Dohachi, Edo period, 19th century

Developments in Painting and Calligraphy: Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period
Room 8  March 22, 2017 (Wed) - April 16, 2017 (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:
Ivy-bound Lane, By Fukae Roshu, Edo period, 18th century (Important Cultural Property)
Calligraphy in Two Large Characters, By Emperor Goyozei, Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th–17th century (Important Art Object)

Noh and Kabuki: Masks and Costumes for the Noh Play Kasuga Ryujin
Room 9  February 28, 2017 (Tue) - April 16, 2017 (Sun)

The Noh play Kasuga Ryujin is about the Japanese monk Myoe, who, in his devotion to the Buddha Shakyamuni, plans to visit Buddhist sites in China and India. This story illustrates the unique beliefs of Japanese Buddhism, and shows how Kasuga Myojin, a Shinto god who also came to be regarded as a manifestation of a Buddhist deity, enlightened Myoe on these beliefs. The play Kasuga Ryujin has deep connections with Kasuga Taisha shrine as it was purportedly written by Zenchiku, who revived the Konparu troupe of Noh actors and served the shrine. Visitors are invited to compare the costumes and masks on display with the depiction of this play in the Illustrated Handscroll of Noh and Kyogen Plays, an artwork from the Edo period (1603–1868).

Current exhibit includes:
Kariginu (Noh costume), Cloud and dragon roundel design on dark blue ground, Edo period, 18th century
Hangire (Noh costume), Cloud and dragon design in ezo brocade on red ground, Passed down by the Ikeda clan, Edo period, 19th century (Lent by the OKURA MUSEUM OF ART, Tokyo)

Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Ukiyo-e
Room 10  March 22, 2017 (Wed) - April 16, 2017 (Sun)

Many works of ukiyo-e feature seasonal tastes. This exhibition introduces ukiyo-e prints and paintings with cherry blossoms portrayed through various themes, especially scenic places in Edo (now Tokyo) known for cherry blossoms, including Shinagawa, Gotenyama, Yoshiwara, Asukayama, and Sumidagawa river.

Current exhibit includes:
Cherry Blossoms in the Moonlight in the Yoshiwara Pleasure District, By Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), Edo period, 19th century
Courtesan and Her Attendant under a Cherry Tree, By Chobunsai Eishi, Edo period, 18th century
Cherry Blossom Viewing at Mimeguri, By Kitagawa Utamaro, Edo period, dated 1799
Cherry Blossom Viewing at Kinryuzan, By Chobunsai Eishi, Edo period, 18th century

Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Fashion
Room 10  February 28, 2017 (Tue) - April 16, 2017 (Sun)

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

Current exhibit includes:
Kosode (Garment with small wrist openings), Camellia, weeping willow, and hanging scroll design on brown plain-weave silk ground, Edo period, 18th century
(Outer garment), Tachibana and screen design on figured satin ground, Edo period, 19th century
(Outer garment), Tachibana and screen design on figured satin ground, Edo period, 19th century
(Medicine case), Peach blossom and pigeon design in maki-e lacquer, Edo period, 19th century

2nd floor

Netsuke: The Prince Takamado Collection
The Prince Takamado Collection Room  January 31, 2017 (Tue) - April 23, 2017 (Sun)

Nine-Tailed Fox, Bishu Saito, 1986
Begining and End,
By Kiho Takagi, 1995
Wind Shines,
By Kozan Fukuyama, 1994
By Yako (Akemi) Ota, 1997
Lovelorn Ghost,
By Michael Birch, Dated 1976

1st floor

Japanese Sculpture
Room 11  February 7, 2017 (Tue) - April 16, 2017 (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 Nitenno (Two Heavenly Kings), Right statue, Heian period, 11th - 12th century (Lent by Yofukuji, Tokyo)
Standing Komoku Ten (Virupaksa),
Heian period, 9th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Shojoji, Fukushima)
Standing Bishamon Ten (Vaisravana),
Heian period, 9th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Dojoji, Wakayama)

Room 12  March 22, 2017 (Wed) - June 18, 2017 (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, Mount Hatsuse design in maki-e lacquer, Muromachi–Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century (Important Cultural Property)
Writing Box, Mount Hira design in maki-e lacquer, By Shiomi Masanari Edo period, 18th century (Important Cultural Property)
Sutra Box, Dragon coiled around sword design in maki-e lacquer, Heian period, 12th century (National Treasure, Lent by Taimadera Okuno'in, Nara)
Tebako (Cosmetic box) and Contents, Paulownia design in maki-e lacquer, Donated to the shrine in Nanbokucho period, dated 1390 (National Treasure, Lent by Kumano-hayatama Taisha, Wakayama)

Metalwork: Ritual Implements of Esoteric Buddhism
Room 13  January 2, 2017 (Mon) - April 9, 2017 (Sun)

In the 9th century, Kukai and other Japanese monks travelled to Tang dynasty China, bringing back the teachings of Esoteric Buddhism and its ritual implements. During the Heian period (794–1192), esoteric doctrine and its application to practical training were established, and the combination of ritual implements required for a set was defined in Japan. Often made of durable metals, these varied and uniquely-shaped implements were not only used in rituals but also served an ornamental function, being methodically positioned inside Buddhist halls and on altars. Visitors are invited to view these diverse implements and their richly-expressive forms achieved mainly through casting techniques.

Current exhibit includes:
Buddhist Ritual Bell with Five-pronged Vajra Handle, Design of symbols representing a Buddhist deity, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Gokokuji, Tokyo)
Set of Five Ritual Bells,
Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Son'eiji, Shizuoka)
Symbols Representing Buddhist Deity,
Excavated at Mount Nachi, Nachikatsuura-cho, Higashimuro-gun, Wakayama, Heian period, 12th century (Gift of Mr. Kitamata Tomeshiro and others)

Japanese Swords
Room 13  February 7, 2017 (Tue) - April 23, 2017 (Sun)

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

Current exhibit includes:
Wakizashi Sword, By Tadahiro, Edo period, 17th century (Gift of Mr. Robert Burawoy)
Sword, By Yasusada, Edo period, 17th century (Gift of Mr. Robert Burawoy)

Room 13  March 22, 2017 (Wed) - June 11, 2017 (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 Jar, With fire marks, Bizen ware, Azuchi-Momoyama–Edo period, 16th–17th century
Squat Flower Vase, Shigaraki ware, Muromachi period, 16th century (Private collection)
Bowl, Cherry blossom and maple design in overglaze enamel; with a trumpet-shell seal, By Nin'nami Dohachi, Edo period, ca. mid–19th century (Important Art Object, Private collection)
Bowl, Cherry tree design in openwork and overglaze enamel, By Nin'nami Dohachi, Edo period, 19th century
Large Dish, Cherry blossom and figure design in overglaze enamel, Imari ware, Edo period, 18th century
Water Jar, with Lugs, Brown glaze, Takatori ware, Edo period, 17th century (Private collection)
Tea Caddy in Bunrin (Apple) Shape, Black glaze; known as "Mochizuki", Satsuma ware, Edo period, 18th century (Gift of Mr. Matsunaga Yasuzaemon)

Room 14  February 21, 2017 (Tue) - April 16, 2017 (Sun)

In Japan, the third day of the third month is the “Peach Blossom Festival,” the time to display hina dolls. The history of these dolls goes back to ancient times when people purified themselves by transferring “defilements” and “wrongdoings” to dolls, and also to the Heian period (794–1192), when aristocrats used dolls as protective charms for their children. From the first half of the 17th century, special made-to-order sitting dolls in silk clothes were created for the imperial court, a practice that later spread to the warrior class and the townspeople. Dolls with costumes of ample silk and gold brocade were also created for wealthy townspeople. In order to trace this rich history, a variety of dolls is on display, including isho ningyo, which depict the people of the Edo period with different garments. We hope that this exhibition will convey the delicacy, beauty, and charm of Japanese aesthetics.

Current exhibit includes:
Mechanical Dolls on Platform,  By Myogaya Han'emon and Kawai Tanigoro Masazane, Edo period, dated 1713
Hina Dolls, Kyoho type, Edo period, 18th century
Standing Hina Dolls, With Jirozaemon-type heads, Edo period, 18th - 19th century
Costumed Doll, Kichiya (Kabuki actor), Edo period, 18th century
Uizan Dolls, Meiji era, 19th century (Gift of Ms. Akagi Yasuko)

Records of History: Natural History Paintings
Room 15  February 21, 2017 (Tue) - April 16, 2017 (Sun)

The study of natural history in Japan was first inspired by a Chinese discipline known as bencaoxue – the study of medicine and the plants used to make it. From around the Kyoho era (1716–1735), the government of Japan conducted a nationwide survey of plants, which led to the systematization of natural history. This field was also influenced by Western natural history, leading to scientific research in Japan during the late 19th century. This exhibition will feature natural history albums with a variety of drawings including animals, plants, and fish by Japan’s natural historians.

Current exhibit includes:
Illustrated Guide to Imported Plants 1, 2, By Baba Daisuke, Edo period, dated 1855
Museum Album of Fishes, Volume 11,
Kurimoto Tanshu, Takahashi Yuichi et al., Edo period - Meiji era, 19th century
"Ryokuiken" Natural History Album of Animals, Volumes 1, 3
, Edo period, 19th century

The Prayers of the Ainu People
Room 16  March 22, 2017 (Wed) - June 11, 2017 (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:
Sea Turtle Skull, Hokkaido Ainu, 19th century
Sash for Shaman,
Sakhalin Ainu, 19th century (Gift of the Hokkaido Administration Office)
Ritual Staffs,
Hokkaido Ainu, 19th century (Transferred from the Bureau for the Vienna World Exposition)
Wooden Figurine,
Sakhalin Uilta, 19th century (Gift of Ms. Hirako Hatsu)
Accessories for Bear Cub,
Sakhalin Ainu, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)
Ritual Hoe-shaped Crest,
Excavated at Sakurayama, Kakuta, Kuriyama-cho, Hokkaido, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Oda Katsukichi and Mr. Izumi Rintaro)
Portrait of Tobu, the Chieftain of Monbetsu, Ezo,
By Attributed to Kakizaki Hakyo, Edo period, dated 1783

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  March 7, 2017 (Tue) - April 16, 2017 (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:
Kannon (Avalokitesvara) Riding a Dragon, By Kawanabe Kyosai, Meiji era, 19th century
Landscape of Grez-sur-Loing,
By Asai Chu, Dated 1901 (Gift of Mr. Takano Tokiji)
Buck and Doe,
By Morikawa Toen, Dated 1892 (Gift of Japan Delegate Office for World's Columbian Exposition)
Sacred Deer,
By Takenouchi Kyuichi, Dated 1912 (Gift of the artist)
By Suzuki Chokichi, Dated 1892 (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Japan Delegate Office for World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago)
Style Sword Mounting, Dragon and cloud design in maki-e lacquer on nashiji lacquer ground, Metal fittings by Kano Natsuo, Dated 1873
Plaque, Monkeys and mantis design in relief,
By Kagawa Katsuhiro, Dated 1892 (Gift of Japan Delegate Office for World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago)
Footed Bowl With applied crabs and brown glaze,
By Miyagawa Kozan I, Dated 1881 (Important Cultural Property, Exhibited at the Second National Industrial Exhibition)

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  September 13, 2016 (Tue) - April 16, 2017 (Sun)

Urazaishiki is a technique used in Eastern painting traditions, whereby natural pigments and gold leaf are applied to the reverse side of silk paintings.  This technique influences the appearance of the colors applied to the front of the painting.
Here, we showcase this method using Ichijikinrin (Ekaksara-usnisacakra), a Buddhist deity painting in the Tokyo National Museum’s collection.