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New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum

New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum

mouse icom Open from January 2 in 2020!

2020 is the Year of the Mouse. To celebrate the New Year, we will hold a thematic exhibition featuring works of art with mice motifs, display selected masterpieces, and more. On January 2nd and 3rd, traditional Japanese events, such as drum performances and lion dances, will also be held. Have a wonderful start to the New Year at the Tokyo National Museum!

Thematic Exhibition: New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum: The Many Faces of Mice
NEW YEAR SPECIALS
The Kuroda Memorial Hall
New Year's Celebration Events
New-Year Gifts

New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museummouse icom Open from January 2 in 2020!

2020 is the Year of the Mouse. To celebrate the New Year, we will hold a thematic exhibition featuring works of art with mice motifs, display selected masterpieces, and more. On January 2nd and 3rd, traditional Japanese events, such as drum performances and lion dances, will also be held. Have a wonderful start to the New Year at the Tokyo National Museum!

 

 

mouse icom Thematic Exhibition: New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum: The Many Faces of Mice

The Chinese Zodiac is also used in Japan, with 2020 being the Year of the Mouse. Today many people see mice as pests, but a closer look at Japan’s arts and stories reveals that these small creatures played some very big roles. In an ancient myth, for example, a wise mouse saved the god Ōkuninushi. Later stories tell how mice are the servants of Daikokuten, one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune. Because mice reproduce very quickly, they were also symbols of families blessed with many children. All of these positive associations made mice a popular subject in art. This thematic exhibition presents a selection of artworks from the Museum collection that reveal the many faces of mice.

January 2–26, 2020
Rooms T1 and T2 in the Honkan (Japanese Gallery)

 

Children Playing with a Cat and Mouse

Children Playing with a Cat and Mouse
By Suzuki Harunobu, Edo period, 18th century

Children Playing with a Cat and Mouse (detail)

 

 

Large Dish with a Mouse and Radish, Porcelain with underglaze blue


Large Dish with a Mouse and Radish
Imari ware, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Hirano Kosuke)

 

 

一つ身振袖 鼠色縮緬地萩流水烏帽子鞍模様


Robe for a Newborn with Bush Clovers, Flowing Water, an Eboshi Cap, and Saddle
Edo period, 19th century

 

 

袱紗 紺繻子地鼠大根米俵模様


Gift Cover (Fukusa) with Mice, a Radish, and Bales of Rice
Edo period, 18th–19th century (Gift of Mrs. Henry)

 

 

鼠蒔絵印籠 紐通し朱漆銘「塩見政誠」


Case (Inrō) with Mice
Meiji era, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Quincy A. Shaw)

 

 

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Pine Trees
 

Pine Trees
by Hasegawa Tohaku
Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century (National Treasure)
January 2–13, 2020
Room 2, Honkan (Japanese Gallery)

 

Kokin Waka Shu Poetry Anthology, Gen'ei Version, Vol. 2

Collection of Japanese Poems Ancient and Modern (Gen'ei Era Version), Vol. 2
Heian period, 12th century (National Treasure, Gift of Mr. Mitsui Takahiro)
January 2–19, 2020
Room 3, Honkan (Japanese Gallery)

 
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Writing Box, with a Courtly Carriage
Edo period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property)
January 2–March 22, 2020
Room 12, Honkan (Japanese Gallery)

 

 

Worksheets with calendars available only during this celebration

Worksheets with calendars available only during this celebration

3,000 worksheets will be available on a first-come-first-served basis on January 2–3 from 11:00 to 16:00 in front of the Imperial Lounge on the second floor of the Honkan (Japanese Gallery).

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The Kuroda Memorial Hall - Collection Highlights Gallery opens

Wisdom, Impression and  Sentiment

Wisdom, Impression and Sentiment
By Kuroda Seiki, 1899 (Meiji 32)
(Important Cultural Property)

Four of Kuroda Seiki’s masterpieces – Woman Reading, Maiko Girl, Lakeside, and Wisdom, Impression and Sentiment – will be specially exhibited in the Collection Highlights Gallery from January 2 until January 13.

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Four of Kuroda Seiki’s masterpieces – Woman Reading, Maiko Girl, Lakeside, and Wisdom, Impression and Sentiment – will be specially exhibited in the Collection Highlights Gallery from January 2 until January 13.

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New Year's Celebration Events

Taiko - Japanese Drum Performance
Taiko
Japanese Drum Performance
Shishimai - Lion Dance Performance
Lion Dance Performance
Mini Clarinet Concert
Clarinet Concert
 
* Images are scenes from last year's events.
 
January 2
11:00 and 13:15
In front of the Toyokan
11:45 and 14:00
In front of the Toyokan
January 3
11:00 and 13:15
In front of the Toyokan
11:45 and 14:00
In front of the Toyokan
12:30 and 14:45
The Lounge of the Heiseikan
 
* In the event of bad weather, venues may change or performances may be canceled.

 

Ikebana
Ikebana
January 2–January 13
Ikebana Flower Arrangements
by Ms. Yamane Yumi of the Shinsei school
Main Gate, Honkan entrance, and Honkan staircase
January 2–January 13
Ikebana Flower Arrangements
by Ms. Yamane Yumi of the Shinsei school
Main Gate, Honkan entrance, and Honkan staircase
 

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New-Year Gifts

New-Year Gifts from the Museum Shop
January 2 and 3
A gift will be given to the first 600 customers with purchases over 2,000 yen.
January 2 and 3
An art book sale will be held at the same time in the Museum Shop.
Gifts from TNM & TOPPAN Museum Theater in the Toyokan
January 2 and 3
2 free theater tickets and original goods will be given to the visitors to the theater.
A separate fee and reservation will be required on these day.
http://www.toppan-vr.jp/mt/
January 2 and 3
The first 200 costomers will receive decorative chopstick rests.
Special Opening of the Konpon-chudo Hall of Kan’eiji Temple
January 2 and 3
10:00 - 15:00
Oil paintings of the Tokugawa shoguns, Four Heavenly Kings (dated 1620; Cultural Property Registered with Taito-ku), and Twelve Heavenly Generals (dated 1702) will be on display. Visitors with a Tokyo National Museum ticket stub from the same day will receive a paper talisman.

For more information about other events, please see "Related Events" below.

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New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum

Date
January 2, 2020 (Thu) - January 26, 2020 (Sun)  
Time
9:30 - 17:00


Related Exhibition

  1. The Many Faces of Mice
  2. Japanese Gallery (Honkan)-Room T1 & T2
    January 2, 2020 (Thu) - January 26, 2020 (Sun)


Related Events

  1. New Year's Celebration Events: Taiko - Japanese drumming performance
  2. Toyokan-Entrance
    January 2, 2020 (Thu) - January 3, 2020 (Fri) 11:00、13:15

  3. New Year's Celebration Events: Lion Dance Performance
  4. Toyokan-Entrance
    January 2, 2020 (Thu) - January 3, 2020 (Fri) 11:45、14:00

  5. New Year's Celebration Events: Clarinet Concert
  6. Heiseikan-Lounge
    January 3, 2020 (Fri) 12:30、14:45

  7. New Year's Celebration Events: Ikebana Flower Arrangements
  8. January 2, 2020 (Thu) - January 13, 2020 (Mon)

  9. The God of Wealth (Daikokuten) and Rats
  10. Japanese Gallery (Honkan)-Room T1
    January 21, 2020 (Tue) 14:00 - 14:30