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Crossing the Seas : Jalan Jalan

Crossing the Seas : Jalan Jalan

Crossing the Seas : Jalan Jalan

The catch phrase is "Crossing the Seas: Jalan Jalan," with "Jalan Jalan" meaning "to walk" or "to take a stroll" in Indonesian. 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Japan-Indonesia diplomatic relations. Tokyo National Museum is celebrating this commemorative year with a comprehensive range of Indonesian artworks and artifacts encompassing the genres of sculpture, archaeology, ceramics, textiles, and ethnic materials.

Take a "stroll" through the Toyokan
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Crossing the Seas : Jalan Jalan

Crossing the Seas : Jalan Jalan

The catch phrase is "Crossing the Seas: Jalan Jalan," with "Jalan Jalan" meaning "to walk" or "to take a stroll" in Indonesian. 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Japan-Indonesia diplomatic relations. Tokyo National Museum is celebrating this commemorative year with a comprehensive range of Indonesian artworks and artifacts encompassing the genres of sculpture, archaeology, ceramics, textiles, and ethnic materials.

Take a "stroll" through the Toyokan
Related Exhibitions
Related Events
Catalogue

 

 

Take a "stroll" through the Toyokan

Thematic Exhibition: The Collection of Okano Shigezo: Textiles and Ceramics from Indonesia
[Toyokan Room 12, September 4, 2018 (Tue) – December 25, 2018 (Tue) ]

 

This exhibition sheds light on Indonesian textiles and ceramics collected by Okano Shigezo (1894–1975), a Japanese entrepreneur who moved to and achieved success in Indonesia’s Sumatra in the early 20th century.
The lineup of textiles includes batik and ikat from Sumatra, Java, and other areas. These textiles, rich in regional flavor, provide an overview of cultural exchange that took place in this country and the textile techniques that were brought from India to Southeast Asia, eventually to Japan. Also included are Southeast Asian ceramic wares collected by Okano as well as Chinese ceramics that were made for export to Indonesia.
With the catch phrase “A Bridge across the Sea,” visitors are invited to view a range of unique artworks associated with Indonesia.

Kain Panjang (Waist garment), Design of an arabesque with birds and beasts in batik dyeing on a white ground

Kain Panjang (Waist garment), Design of an arabesque with birds and beasts in batik dyeing on a white ground
Pekalongan, northern coast of Java, Indonesia, First half of the 20th century

Vase with Phoenix Head, White porcelain

Vase with Phoenix Head, White porcelain
China, Northern Song dynasty, 11th century

 

 

Thematic Exhibition: Wayang: Indonesian Puppet Theater
[Toyokan Room 12, September 4, 2018 (Tue) – December 25, 2018 (Tue) ]

 

Wayang is a form of shadow-puppet theater which uses traditional puppets of Indonesia. Around the 10th century, the ancient Indian epic poems Mahabharata and Ramayana were introduced together with Hinduism to Indonesia, where they spread among the populace. The epics came to be performed using puppets called Wayang Kulit. Wayang puppets are cut from water buffalo hide, carved intricately with fine chisels, and decorated in vibrant colors. The sticks for manipulating the puppets are mostly made from water buffalo horn. The puppeteer, called a dhalang, maneuvers all the puppets in a play, delivers the lines, and even gives directions to the gamelan, an accompanying group of musicians. Although Wayang plays are based on famous epics, they are performed spontaneously through the dhalang’s improvisations. Performances are carried out through the night.

Wayang Kulit: Betara Guru

Wayang Kulit: Betara Guru
Central Java, Indonesia, Second half of 20th century (Gift of Mr. Matsumoto Ryo)

Wayang Golek: Umarmoyo

Wayang Golek: Umarmoyo
Central Java, Indonesia, 20th century (Gift of Mr. Taeda Tsuyoshi)

 

 

Gilt Bronze Statues from Southeast Asia
[Toyokan Room 12, May 8, 2018 (Tue) – May 6, 2019 (Mon) ]

 

This part focuses on Southeast Asian gilt bronze statues of gods and Buddhist deities from the 7th to 13th century. The statues are made using the lost-wax casting process, and therefore they have common qualities in their plasticity and smoothness of form.

Seated Jambhala or Kubera

Seated Jambhala or Kubera
Indonesia, Central Java period, 8th–9th century

 

 

Archaeology of India and Southeast Asia
[Toyokan Room 12, September 4, 2018 (Tue) – December 25, 2018 (Tue)]

 

The excavated pottery and metal wares exhibited in this part clearly show the prosperity of cultures with rich regional characteristics in ancient India and Southeast Asia.

Bronze Drum

Bronze Drum
Excavated in eastern Indonesia, Early Metal age, 6th–12th century

 

 

Asian Textiles: Indonesian Textiles
[Toyokan Room 13, July 3, 2018 (Tue) – September 30, 2018 (Sun)]

 

This exhibition introduces Indonesian textiles collected by Okano Shigezo (1894–1975), an entrepreneur who was active in Indonesia during the pre-war period. After moving to the island of Sumatra in 1914, Okano became independent in 1919 and established a trading firm named Daishin and Co. From 1933 onward, he opened a department store chain, Chiyoda Department Store, Co. Ltd., in various parts of the island of Java, and engaged actively in business activities mainly on Java and Sumatra. When the Second World War broke out, Okano collected Indonesian textiles to take back to Japan along with his other assets. After he returned to Japan, his textile collection, except for 120 pieces that entered the Tokyo National Museum collection, was sold. The lineup of this exhibition includes gorgeous Sumatran textiles woven with gold thread, Javanese batik that are rich in regional flavor, and unique ikat textiles created on the islands of Indonesia.

Waistcoat, Design of stripes in float weave on a purple ground

Waistcoat, Design of stripes in float weave on a purple ground
Sumatra, Indonesia, 20th century

 

 

The Kris: A Mysterious Weapon from Indonesia
[Toyokan Room 13, July 18, 2018 (Wed) – October 14, 2018 (Sun)]

 

The kris is an iron knife that was widely used on the Malay Peninsula and the surrounding islands in Southeast Asia. Kris blades are either straight or wavy, and many of them have complex linear patterns created through a special technique. With their strange and distinctive appearance, kris knives were believed to contain supernatural powers, granting their male owners protection and also acting as symbols of prestige. This exhibition introduces Indonesian kris knives from the museum’s collection by region, including Java and Sulawesi, as well as spears, and explores the hidden meanings and wishes imbued in these weapons.

Kris

Kris
Eastern Java, Indonesia, 17th–18th century (Gift of Mr. J. C. Bijleveld)

 

 

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Large Dish, Peony and phoenix design in overglaze enamel

Large Dish, Peony and phoenix design in overglaze enamel
Zhangzhou ware, China, Ming dynasty, 17th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Toyokan Room 5, Chinese Ceramics, On exhibit through the year]

Seated Sakyamuni Buddha

Seated Sakyamuni Buddha
India, Pala dynasty, 9th century
Toyokan Room 3, Sculptures from India and Gandhara, On exhibit through the year]

 
Bowl, Figure design in overglaze enamel

Bowl, Figure design in overglaze enamel
Excavated in Iran, Islamic period, 12th–13th century
Toyokan Room 3, Artifacts from West Asia and Egypt, On exhibit through the year]

Chunyu Percussion Instrument

Chunyu Percussion Instrument
China, Warring States period, 5th–3rd century BC (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Toyokan Room 5, Chinese Bronzes, On exhibit through the year]

 
Textile Fragment, Gauze weave with embroidery; design of a floral arabesque and children on a red ground

Textile Fragment, Gauze weave with embroidery; design of a floral arabesque and children on a red ground
China, Ming dynasty, 14th–15th century
Toyokan Room 5, Chinese Textiles: Embroidery, On exhibit to September 30, 2018 (Sun) ]

銅戈

Bronze Halberd
Attributed provenance: Jeongbaek-ri, Pyongyang, Korea, Early Iron Age–Nangnang (Lelang), 3rd–1st century BC (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Toyokan Room 10, Polished Stone Tools and Metal Tools of Korea, On exhibit through the year]

 

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Japan-Indonesia diplomatic relations. The Republic of Indonesia comprises over 10,000 islands scattered across the equator. From long ago, this area saw a thriving exchange of people and goods, which resulted in a fusion of the indigenous culture with those of various other regions such as India and China, resulting in a unique, energetic society. This special event features Indonesian artworks related to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage: they include kris daggers, puppets for Wayang theatre, and batik textiles. With trade ceramics that were in circulation in Indonesia also included in the lineup, this special event aims to show that the rich culture that flourished on these islands was based on diversity and vigorous exchange.

 

 

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Special Tours: Journey through Indonesia with TNM Curators (in Japanese)

Each day there will be a 70-minute tour of the Toyokan (Asian Gallery) led by three curators.

Special Tours: Journey through Indonesia with TNM Curators

・September 11, 2018 (Tue) 14:00-15:10
「Tour Featuring Indonesian Ethnic Cultures」

・September 19, 2018 (Wed) 14:00-15:10
「Tour Featuring Indonesian Arts and Crafts」

Meeting place: Toyokan entrance hall

*Participants will walk through the Toyokan galleries. Please join wearing comfortable shoes.

 

 

Wayang Kulit: Shadow Puppet Theater of Java

Traditional Indonesian puppet theater, Wayang kulit, will be performed.

Wayang Kulit: Shadow Puppet Theater of Java

・September 12. 2018 (Wed)
13:00-13:40
15:00-15:40

・September 14. 2018 (Fri)
11:00-11:40
13:00-13:40

Venue: Hyokeikan
Performance by: Sumilir
Seating Capacity: 130

 

 

Easy Seated Yoga in Toyokan

Surrounded by magnificent Buddhist statues, participants will go through a variety of seated yoga poses to soothe the body and soul.

Easy Seated Yoga in Toyokan

September 28, 2018 (Fri)
beginning at 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, and 15:30
15-minute sessions

Instructor: Miho Watanabe
Room 1, Toyokan
20 seats on a first-come first-served basis

 

 

Catalogue

Crossing the Seas : Jalan Jalan Catalogue
Crossing the Seas : Jalan Jalan

Price: 500 yen (Tax excluded)
28p ( All color)

On sale in the museum shop from September 4, 2018.

 

Crossing the Seas : Jalan Jalan

Date
September 4, 2018 (Tue) - September 30, 2018 (Sun)  
Venue
Toyokan


Related Exhibition

  1. The Collection of Okano Shigezo: Textiles and Ceramics from Indonesia
  2. Toyokan-Room 12
    September 4, 2018 (Tue) - December 25, 2018 (Tue)

  3. Wayang: Indonesian Shadow-puppet Theater
  4. Toyokan-Room 12
    September 4, 2018 (Tue) - December 25, 2018 (Tue)


Related Events

  1. UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage: Indonesian Batik
  2. Heiseikan-Auditorium
    September 22, 2018 (Sat) 13:30 - 15:00