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VR program ”Secrets of Screen Paintings: Wind God and Thunder God and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn

There’s something behind the byobu (folding screen) painting Wind God and Thunder God. What was the hidden sentiment in Sakai Hoitsu’s masterpiece Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn? Explore the secrets on the front and back of the byobu screen.

These delicate flowers are drenched by rain and battered by wind. One can almost hear the wind whistling past in this scene depicted by the late-Edo Period painter, Sakai Hoitsu, in his byobu screen painting Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn. Hoitsu was born into a daimyo family and was a man of many talents, having also made a contribution to the world of haiku. Were you aware that the masterpiece of Hoitsu’s later years —Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn— was actually painted on the rear-side of a byobu screen per a request Hoitsu received? The byobu screen was painted by a master painter whom Hoitsu had long admired and considered to be his painting mentor. What sentiment did Hoitsu wish to convey by painting Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn on the rear of this byobu screen? We’ll use virtual reality to explore the secrets concealed in how the rear of the screen relates to the front.


* English audio guide available (Free)


January 4, 2018 (Thu) - April 22, 2018 (Sun)   (Every Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun,Holiday)
(Wed, Thu, Fri): 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00
(Sat, Sun, Holiday): 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 
*Admission starts 5minites prior to screening.
Asian Gallery (Toyokan)-TNM & TOPPAN Museum Theater
Supervision of
Tokyo National Museum
Production of
Toppan Printing Co.,Ltd.
Running time
about 40 min.
High school students and above: 500yen
*University students and above require a museum admission ticket.
Elementary and junior high school students: 300yen
Pre-school children and persons with disability and one person accompanying them: Free

Regular Exhibition Set Ticket
*Sold only at the front entrance ticket counter
Adults: 1000yen
University students: 800yen
Ticket purchase
In front of the theater or at the front entrance ticket counter
*Admission at the front entrance ticket counter ends 15 minutes prior to screening. Admission at the front of the theater ends at screening time.
3-5777-8600(Hello Dial)