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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  July 19, 2017 (Wed) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

Current exhibit includes:
Dogu (Clay figurine), With heart-shaped face, From Gobara, Higashi Agatsuma-machi, Gunma, Jomon period, 2000–1000 BC (Important Cultural Property, Private collection
Dotaku (bell-shaped bronze), Design of Crossed Bands (San'en Type), From Shikiji, Iwata-shi, Shizuoka, Yayoi period, 1st–3rd century (Gift of Mr. Matsuno Hikotaro et al.)
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb figurine), Man in formal attire, From Yotsuzuka tumulus, Ota-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century

  
The Rise of Buddhism: Asuka–Nara period
Room 1  July 11, 2017 (Tue) - August 20, 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:
Standing Yakushi Nyorai (Bhaisajyaguru), Excavated from Mount Nachi, Nachikatsura-cho, Higashimuro-gun, Wakayama, Asuka–Nara period, 7–8th century (Gift of Mr. Kitamata Tomeshiro and others)
Kengu kyo Sutra, Known as "Ojomu", Attributed to Emperor Shomu, Nara period, 8th century (National Treasure)

  
Room 2  July 4, 2017 (Tue) - July 30, 2017 (Sun)

This illustrated scroll recounts the achievements of Priest Wonhyo (Gangyo in Japanese; 617–685). Wonhyo was one of the two founders of the Kegon sect of Buddhism in the Korean kingdom of Silla. The scroll on exhibit is part of a set that includes scrolls about the other founder, Uisang (Gisho in Japanese; 625–702). The set is thought to have been created by a person associated with Myoe, a Japanese priest of the Kegon sect who revived Kosanji temple in Kyoto.

  
Buddhist Art: Heian–Muromachi period
Room 3  July 11, 2017 (Tue) - August 20, 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:
Seated Jie Daishi (Priest Ryogen), By Renmyo, Kamakura period, dated 1286 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Kongourinji, Shiga)
Shaka (Sakyamuni) Triad with Ten Rasetsunyo (Rakshasi),
Nanbokucho period, 14th century
Jizo Bosatsu (Ksitigarbha),
Kamakura period, 14th century
Illustrated Scroll of Boy Sudhana's Pilgrimage to Fifty Five Deities,
Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property)
Illustrated Scroll of Legends about Jizo Bosatsu (Ksitigarbha),
Kamakura period, 14th century
Flower Garland Sutra, On
shikishi paper, Heian period, 12th century
Detached Segment of
Flower Garland Sutra, Vol. 9, Kamakura period, 12th century

  
Courtly Art: Heian–Muromachi period
Room 3  July 11, 2017 (Tue) - August 20, 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:
Illustrated Scroll of Tale of Warrior Obusuma Saburo, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property)
Segment of
Wakan roei shu Poetry Anthology, Known as "Iyo gire", Attributed to Fujiwara no Kozei, Heian period, 11th century (Important Art Object, Private collection)
Eight-foiled Mirror, Auspicious flower and pair of phoenixes design, Heian period, 11th–12th century (Important Cultural Property)

  
Zen and Ink Painting: Kamakura–Muromachi period
Room 3  July 11, 2017 (Tue) - August 20, 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:
Sermon Preached by Daito Kokushi, By Ikkyu Sojun, Muromachi period, 15th century (Gift of Mr. Nakajima Yoichi)
Two Recluses in Mt. Shang,
Inscription by Ichian Ichinyo, Muromachi period, 15th century (Important Cultural Property)

  
The Art of Tea Ceremony
Room 4  June 13, 2017 (Tue) - September 18, 2017 (Mon)

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:
Flower Vase in Shape of Jade Cong, Celadon glaze, Guan ware, China, Formerly preserved by the Owari Tokugawa family, Southern Song dynasty, 12th–13th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)
Shinnari type, Pine tree design, Ashiya ware, Muromachi period, 15th century (Gift of Mr. Matsunaga Yasuzaemon)
Bowl, Known as “Bakohan”; celadon glaze, Longquan ware, China, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Mitsui Takahiro)
Poems Composed at poetry gathering during Emperor Gotoba's visit to Kumano shrine, By Fujiwara no Teika, Kamakura period, dated 1201 (Important Art Object, Private collection, on exhibit from August 1, 2017)

  
Attire of the Military Elite: Heian - Edo period
Room 5 & 6  June 6, 2017 (Tue) - August 27, 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:
Gusoku Type Armor, With two-piece cuirass with red lacing, Edo period, 17th century
Tachi Sword, Known as "Hojo Tachi", By Ichimonji school, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property)
Hyogogusari Style Sword Mounting (for sword known as "Hojo Tachi"), With triple-triangle crests, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property)
Katana Sword, Attributed to Motoshige, Nanbokucho period, 14th century (Important Cultural Property)
Uchigatana Style Sword Mounting (for katana sword attributed to Motoshige), With red-lacquered scabbard, Azuchi-Momoyama–Edo period, 16th–17th century (Important Cultural Property)

  
Folding Screens and Sliding Door Paintings: Azuchi-Momoyama–Edo period
Room 7  July 4, 2017 (Tue) - August 6, 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:
Cormorant Fishing, By Kano Tan'yu, Edo period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by OKURA MUSEUM OF ART, Tokyo)
, By Kano Naonobu, Edo period, 17th century

  
The Arts of Daily Life: Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period
Room 8  May 9, 2017 (Tue) - July 30, 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:
Cabinet, Fishing net and heron design in maki-e lacquer, Edo period, 17th century
Uchikake (Outer garment), Plum, chrysanthemum, wisteria, iris bouquet, round fan, and fret pattern design on white figured satin ground, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mrs. Henry)
Hitoe (Unlined summer garment), Stream, autumn grasses, and cicada design on purple ro gauze ground, Edo period, 19th century
Nail Covers, Narcissus design in cloisonné, Edo period, 17th–18th century
Water Jar, Light blue glaze with lotus design in underglaze blue, Imari ware, Edo period, 17th century

  
Developments in Painting and Calligraphy: Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period
Room 8  June 27, 2017 (Tue) - August 6, 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:
Morning View of Uji River, By Mokubei, Edo period, dated 1824 (Important Cultural Property)
Scroll of Letters and Poems,
By Ito Jinsai, Edo period, dated 1652 (Gift of Mr. Kanaya Hiroshi)

  
Noh and Kabuki: Masks and Costumes for the Noh Play Kamo
Room 9  June 13, 2017 (Tue) - August 6, 2017 (Sun)

Displayed here are masks and costumes from the Edo period (1603–1868) that were donned for the Noh play Kamo. The setting of this play is Shimogamo Jinja shrine in Kyoto. In the latter half of the play, an ancestral god worshipped at the shrine dances in the guise of a heavenly maiden. Drawn by this dance, the thunder god of the shrine, Wake Ikazuchi, appears and preaches about the blessing the gods are capable of bestowing. In contrast to the graceful countenance of the female ancestral god, the male thunder god wears a golden otobide mask and is depicted with a menacing appearance.

Current exhibit includes:
Karaori (Noh Costume), Interlocking circle and framed picture design on red ground, Edo period, 18th century
Choken (Noh costume), Peony arabesque, butterfly, and bird design on dark blue ground, Edo period, 18th centuryぜ

  
Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Ukiyo-e
Room 10  July 11, 2017 (Tue) - August 6, 2017 (Sun)

The genre of ukiyo-e, which portrays the common people of the Edo period (1603–1868), initially consisted of hand-painted works. Mass production of ukiyo-e later became possible through woodblock printing, while advances in carving and printing techniques eventually led to the creation of multi-colored prints called nishiki-e. This exhibit features prints and paintings of summer scenes in Edo, such as fireworks, the Niwaka festival, and people cooling off in the heat, as well as prints on fans.

Current exhibit includes:
One Hundred Ghost Stories: Haunted House by Hayashiya Shozo, By Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Edo period, 19th century
Kabuki theater,
By Hishikawa Moronobu, Edo period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property)
Cooling off in Boats under Ohashi,
By Chobunsai Eishi, Edo period, 18th century

  
Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Fashion
Room 10  June 13, 2017 (Tue) - August 6, 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:
Katabira (Unlined summer garment), Cracked ice, maple leaf, and Chinese character design on black ramie ground, Edo period, 18th century
Katabira (Unlined summer garment), Wave, plover, and flowering plant design on brown ramie ground, Edo period, 18th century
Inro (Medicine case), Coiled dragon and phoenix design in maki-e lacquer and mother of pearl inlay, Edo period, 19th century

2nd floor

  
Netsuke: The Prince Takamado Collection
The Prince Takamado Collection Room  April 25, 2017 (Tue) - July 30, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Cut Piece: Apple, By Akira Kuroiwa, 1997
Hagoromo, By Isshu Kishi, 1988
Grooming, By Kiho Takagi, 1995
Owl, By Onosato Zanmai, 2002
Hatching Gecko, By Susan Wraight, 1997
 

1st floor

  
Japanese Sculpture
Room 11  July 25, 2017 (Tue) - October 22, 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:
Seated Minamoto Yoritomo (Presumed), Kamakura period, 13th–14th century (Important Cultural Property)
Seated Amida Nyorai (Amitabha),
Formerly passed down at Chorakuji, Kyotanba-cho, Funai-gun, Kyoto, Heian period, dated 1147 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Agency for Cultural Affairs)
Two Heavenly Kings,
Formerly passed down at Chorakuji, Kyotanba-cho, Funai-gun, Kyoto, Heian period, dated 1147 (Lent by Agency for Cultural Affairs)
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)
Standing Senju Kannon Bosatsu (Sahasrabhuja), No. 504,
By Ryuen, Kamakura period, dated 1251–66 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Myoho'in (From the Main Hall of Rengeo'in), Kyoto)
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)

  
Lacquerware
Room 12  June 20, 2017 (Tue) - September 24, 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, Fulling cloth design in maki-e lacquer, Muromachi period, 16th century (Important Cultural Property)   
Saddle, Lion design in mother-of-pearl inlay, Heian-Kamakura period, 12th-13th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Kano Jigoro)
Saddle, Bush clover design in mother-of-pearl inlay, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property)
Mirror Box, Mount Penglai (Island of immortals) design in maki-e lacquer, Muromachi period, 15th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Atsuta Jingu, Aichi)

  
Metalwork
Room 13  June 13, 2017 (Tue) - September 18, 2017 (Mon)

This exhibition provides a historical overview of Japanese metalwork from the Heian (794–1192) to the Edo (1603–1868) period. Objects are displayed by category, such as Buddhist ritual implements, mirrors, tea kettles, objects with designs in cloisonné, decorative fittings, and okimono ornaments. Visitors are invited to view the beauty of metals such as gold, silver, copper, and iron, as well as the shapes they were crafted into, and the designs they were freely embellished with.

Current exhibit includes:
Kei GongIn shape of butterfly, Excavated at Miyabuchi, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano, Heian period, dated 1001 (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Takahashi Tamotsu)
Waniguchi Gong, Excavated at Miyabuchi, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano, Heian period, dated 1001 (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Takahashi Tamotsu)
Travelling Monk's Portable Chest, Muromachi period, dated 1430 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Jikomyoin, Yamagata)
Flower Basket, Hosoge floral arabesque design in openwork, Heian period, 12th century (National Treasure, Lent by Jinshoji, Shiga)

  
Japanese Swords
Room 13  July 19, 2017 (Wed) - October 15, 2017 (Sun)

Exhibits selected swords and sword-fittings from the Heian to Edo periods, including the Tachi Sword, Known as "Mikazuki Munechika", By Munechika .

Current exhibit includes:
Chokuto Sword, Known as "Suiryu ken", Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)
Tachi Sword, Known as "Mikazuki Munechika", By Munechika, Heian period, 10th–12th century (National Treasure, Gift of Mr. Watanabe Seiichiro)

  
Ceramics
Room 13  June 13, 2017 (Tue) - September 3, 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, Natural glaze, Tokoname ware, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, Private collection)
Large Jar, Tomoe (comma shapes) design, Suzu ware, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by the Agency for Cultural Affairs)
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)
Water Jar, Peony design in overglaze enamel, Studio of Ninsei, Edo period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Empress Dowager Shoken)
Hexagonal DishJuro (God of longevity) design in underglaze iron pigment, By Ogata Korin, and Ogata Kenzan (Shinsei), Edo period, 18th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by the OKURA MUSEUM OF ART, Tokyo)
Sake Ewer, Peony and lion design in overglaze enamel, Imari ware, Edo period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by the Agency for Cultural Affairs)
Large Dish with Foliate Rim, Flying phoenix design in overglaze enamel, Imari ware, Edo period, 17th century (Important Art Object, Gift of Ms. Yamamoto Tomiko and Mr. Yamamoto Kenji)

  
Room 14  May 23, 2017 (Tue) - August 27, 2017 (Sun)

Current exhibit includes:
Bodhisattva Mask, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Juzo Jinja, Ishikawa)
Bugaku Mask: Kotokuraku, Heian period, dated 1160 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Tamukeyama Hachimangu, Nara)
Bugaku Mask: Nasori, Heian period, dated 1178(Important Cultural Property, Lent by Atsuta Jingu, Aichi, on exhibit through July 9, 2017)
Bugaku Mask: Warawamai, Kamakura period, dated 1211(Important Cultural Property, Lent by Masumida Jinja, Aichi, on exhibit from July 11, 2017)
Gyodo Mask: Gobujogoten, Formerly passed down at Niutsuhime Jinja, Wakayama, Kamakura period, 14th century

  
Records of History
Room 15  June 13, 2017 (Tue) - August 6, 2017 (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.

Current exhibit includes:
Dissertatio de generatione et metamorphosibus insectorum Surinamensium, By Anna Maria Sibylla Merian, Gift of Mr. Alexander Siebold, Dated 1726
Report of the World Exposition at America, Meiji era, dated 1876
Tachi Kosaku Photograph of the Bunkyu Mission to Europe, Attributed to Robillard (on exhibit through July 9, 2017)

  
Life in Ryukyu
Room 16  June 13, 2017 (Tue) - September 3, 2017 (Sun)

Tokyo National Museum’s collection of materials from Ryukyu (present-day Okinawa) comprises mainly objects purchased by the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce from Okinawa prefecture in 1884. In addition to these, special mention should be made of the donated materials related to the noro (female shamans) of Yamato-mura on Amami Oshima island in Kagoshima prefecture. These materials are all significant for the study of Ryukyu culture.
This display presents life in Ryukyu through glistening metalwork objects, textiles in vivid colors, lacquerware showing Chinese influence, as well as ritual implements used by noro, such as a range of objects made from beads.

Current exhibit includes:
Covered Food Box, Figure under tree design in mother-of-pearl inlay and gold inlay, Okinawa Main Island, Second Sho dynasty, Ryukyu kingdom, 18th century (on exhibit through July 23, 2017)
Ritual Bead Necklace, Amami Oshima Island, Second Sho dynasty, Ryukyu kingdom, 19th century (Gift of Ms. Yamato Ryoko)
Small Dishes, Peony design in overglaze enamel, Second Sho dynasty, Ryukyu kingdom, 19th century
Jar, Yaeyama Islands, Second Sho dynasty, Ryukyu kingdom, 17th century
Garment in Bingata Stencil DyeingPeony design on white cotton ground, Okinawa Main Island, Second Sho dynasty, Ryukyu kingdom, 19th century (on exhibit from July 25, 2017)

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Creation Process of Bingata  Room 19  April 18, 2017 (Tue) - March 31, 2018 (Sat)

  
Conservation and Restoration
Room 17  April 15, 2014 (Tue) - April 8, 2018 (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  July 11, 2017 (Tue) - August 20, 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:
In the Shade of Willows, By Yokoyama Taikan, Dated 1913
Portrait of Reiko,
By Kishida Ryusei, Dated 1921 (Important Cultural Property)
Eagle,
By Suzuki Chokichi, Dated 1892 (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Japan Delegate Office for World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago)
Wild Boar,
By Ishikawa Komei, Dated 1912 (Gift of the artist)

  
Education Center: Education Space
Room 19  April 15, 2014 (Tue) - April 8, 2018 (Sun)

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

  
Room 19  April 18, 2017 (Tue) - March 31, 2018 (Sat)

This year’s reproduction project features a garment from Okinawa, made by using the island’s traditional bingata dyeing technique. With a mass of colorful peony flowers, buds, and leaves, all dyed on a white background, the original work is entitled: Bingata Garment with Peony Design on White Cotton. The intricate design structure and vivid colors gave our team ample opportunity to explore this superb dyeing technique that blossomed in the 19th-century Ryukyu Kingdom in Okinawa. What kind of dyeing techniques allow such minutely-detailed flower petals and leaf shapes, and what kind of culture nurtured the colorful style of bingata? This display explores answers to these questions through a combination of research, fieldwork, and hands-on reproduction.

1st floor

  
Room T4 & T5  July 4, 2017 (Tue) - September 3, 2017 (Sun)

Tokyo National Museum will hold the family-oriented program, Diving into Screen Paintings: A New Way to Experience Japanese Art, to coincide with summer vacation. This ground-breaking program will allow visitors to experience Japanese screen paintings through installations featuring video imagery and high-resolution reproductions of two famous masterpieces: Pine Trees from the Tokyo National Museum, and Cranes from the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.