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VR program ”Pine Trees :Tōhaku’s Masterpiece in Ink ”

Like a samurai warlord proclaiming a new era after his conquest, the artist Hasegawa Tōhaku proclaimed a new era with his brush. Tōhaku’s ink painting Pine Trees is an enchanting masterpiece that remains shrouded in mystery.

Tōhaku’s enchanting work, which shows a grove of pines wrapped in dense, damp fog, is created entirely out of the masterful use of ink gradation. Tōhaku was a renowned master artist of the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573–1603 CE), and his Pine Trees is one of the most popular of all national treasures held at the Tokyo National Museum. It is also a work steeped in mystery. This virtual reality experience takes you back to the late 16th century to uncover hints about the composition of Pine Trees, tracing the achievements of Tōhaku during his life as an artist. Learn more about what makes Pine Trees so enchanting with commentary on episodes related to the screen, including Hasegawa’s creation of his Maple Tree and Cherry Blossoms. Hasegawa painted this set of paintings for sliding doors, designated a national treasure, for Chishakuin Temple, at the request of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the de facto ruler of Japan at the time. Tōhaku was assisted by his son Kyūzō, who helped him develop the Hasegawa school.




* English audio guide available (Free)


October 7, 2020 (Wed) - December 20, 2020 (Sun)   (Every Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun,Holiday)
*Admission starts 5minites prior to screening.
*You may not enter mid-way through the program.
Asian Gallery (Toyokan)-TNM & TOPPAN Museum Theater
Supervision of
Tokyo National Museum
Production of
Toppan Printing Co.,Ltd.
Running time
about 35 min.
High school students and above: 600yen
*Regular admission fees apply to persons over 18 (excluding high-school students) and under 70.
Elementary and junior high school students: 300yen
Pre-school children and persons with disability and one person accompanying them: Free
*All visitors must make an online reservation for admission.
Ticket purchase
At the theater entrance
*Admission at the front of the theater ends at screening time.
050-5541-8600(Hello Dial)