Anniversary Projects


Future National Treasures: Masterpieces of Painting and Calligraphy from the Museum Collection

April 12, 2022 (Tue) - April 9, 2023 (Sun)

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 2

Tokyo National Museum is celebrating its 150th anniversary. During its long history, the Museum accumulated an extensive collection, including many artworks of great artistic or historical value.

Not all these works, however, are designated as National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties.

From among these works, our curators have selected what they consider "Future National Treasures" for display in this gallery in 2022.

Exhibition Schedule
April 12, 2022 (Tue) - May 8, 2022 (Sun) Beauty Looking Back
By Hishikawa Moronobu
Edo period, 17th century
May 10, 2022 (Tue) - June 5, 2022 (Sun) Flames
By Uemura Shōen
Taishō era, 1918
June 7, 2022 (Tue) - July 3, 2022 (Sun) Kasuga Shrine Mandala
Kamakura period, 13th century


July 5, 2022 (Tue) - July 31, 2022 (Sun) The Daoist Immortals Xiama and Tieguai
By Sesson Shūkei
Muromachi period, 16th century

The Daoist Immortals Xiama(Detail)

August 2, 2022 (Tue) - August 28, 2022 (Sun) Scenes of “The First Warbler” and “New Herbs” from The Tale of Genji
By Tosa Mitsuoki
Edo period, 17th century


August 30, 2022 (Tue) - September 25, 2022 (Sun) Landscape
By Goshun
Edo period, 18th century


September 27, 2022 (Tue) - October 23, 2022 (Sun) Buddhist Deities of the Diamond World and Womb World Mandalas
Heian period, 12th century
October 25, 2022 (Tue) - November 20, 2022 (Sun) The Actor Ichikawa Ebizō as Usui Aratarō Sadamitsu
By Utagawa Kunimasa
Edo period, 1796
November 22, 2022 (Tue) - December 25, 2022 (Sun) Garment as a Memento
By Kawamura Kiyo’o
Meiji era, 1899–1911
January 2, 2023 (Mon) - January 29, 2023 (Sun) Exquisite Flowers from the Realm of Immortals
(Hydrangea and Chinese Mallow, China Pink and Ranunculus Nipponicus, Small White Water Lily and Plumed Cocksomb, Bottle Gourd and Nerium, Thistle and Millet, Turnips and Rose Balsam)

By Itō Jakuchū
Edo period, 1768

"Small White Water Lily and Plumed Cocksomb" from the Album Exquisite Flowers from the Realm of Immortals

January 31, 2023 (Tue) - February 26, 2023 (Sun) Draft for Wall Paintings for the Meeting Room of the Women's Quarters at Edo Castle   
By Kanō Osanobu
Edo period, 19th century


February 28, 2023 (Tue) - April 9, 2023 (Sun) Sutras Donated by the Heike Clan
(Copy of Chapter 4, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 9, Chapter 11, Chapter 12, and Chapter 27, Copy of the Box for the Sutras Donated by the Heike Clan)
Copied by Tanaka Shinbi
Taishō era, 20th century; original: Heian period, 1164

Copy of Chapter 27 of the Lotus Sutra, One of the Sutras Donated by the Heike Clan (detail)

*The exhibition themes may be subject to change