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JOMON: 10,000 Years of Prehistoric Art in Japan

JOMON: 10,000 Years of Prehistoric Art in Japan / Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries   July 3, 2018 (Tue) - September 2, 2018 (Sun)

Deep Bowl with Flame-like Ornamentation, From Sasayama site, Tokamachi, Niigata, Middle Jomon period, 3000-2000 BC (National Treasure, Tokamachi city (housed at Tokamachi City Museum)) Photo by Tadahiro Ogawa

The Jomon period is thought to have begun about 13,000 years ago. Its people relied mainly on hunting, fishing, and gathering for sustenance, while exercising their ingenuity in daily life by creating a variety of tools full of vigor and mysterious charm. Under the theme of “Jomon Beauty,” this exhibition presents outstanding works of art created in diverse regions of the Japanese archipelago from the beginning to the end of the Jomon period, shedding light on the techniques with which these works were created and the spirit imbued in them. Visitors are invited to witness this magnificent “surge of beauty,” which lasted approximately 10,000 years.

General Information

Period Tuesday, July 3 - Sunday, September 2, 2018
Venue Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)
Hours 9:30 - 17:00
Until 21:00 on Fridays, Saturdays
Until 18:00 on July 16 and Sundays
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Closed Mondays and Tuesday, July 17 (Except for Monday, July 16 and Monday, August 13)
Admission Adults: 1,600 (1,400/1,300) yen
University students: 1,200 (1,000/900) yen
High school students: 900 (700/600) yen
Junior high school students and under: Free 
* Prices shown in parentheses indicate advance and group (more than 20 persons) discount tickets.
* Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each (please present an ID at the ticket booth).

Advance tickets will be on sale at the museum ticket booths (during museum opening hours excluding the last 30 minutes) and other major ticketing agencies from April 3 to July 2, 2018.

Access 10 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station
15 minutes' walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station
Organizers Tokyo National Museum, NHK, NHK Promotions Inc., The Asahi Shimbun
With the Sponsorship of  TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD.
With the Cooperation of Agency for Cultural Affairs and The Japan Foundation
General Inquiries 03-5777-8600  (Hello Dial)
Exhibition Website (In Japanese)


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