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New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum

博物館に初もうで

Open from January 2 in 2019 !

2019 is the Year of the Boar. To celebrate the New Year, we will hold a thematic exhibition featuring works of art with boar motifs, display selected masterpieces, and more. On January 2 and 3, traditional Japanese events, such as drum performances and lion dances, will also be held. Let’s have a wonderful start to the New Year at the Tokyo National Museum!

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

博物館に初もうでOpen from January 2 in 2019 !

2019 is the Year of the Boar. To celebrate the New Year, we will hold a thematic exhibition featuring works of art with boar motifs, display selected masterpieces, and more. On January 2 and 3, traditional Japanese events, such as drum performances and lion dances, will also be held. Let’s have a wonderful start to the New Year at the Tokyo National Museum!

 

 

NEW YEAR SPECIALS

Pine Trees

Pine Trees
by Hasegawa Tohaku
Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century (National Treasure)
January 2–14, 2019
Room 2, Honkan (Japanese Gallery)

 

 

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


Kokin Waka Shu Poetry Anthology, Gen'ei Version, Vol. 2
Heian period, 12th century (National Treasure, Gift of Mr. Mitsui Takahiro)
January 2–14, 2019
Room 3, Honkan (Japanese Gallery)

 

 

 

 

Thematic Exhibition: New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum: The Year of the Boar

イノシシ 勢いのある年に

Happy New Year! 2019 is the Year of the Boar. With the boar being the twelfth and the last animal sign of the Chinese zodiac, the zodiac, which begins with the rat, will complete its prescribed cycle this year. The character for “boar” in Japan means “pig” in China and Korea for pigs are domesticated boars. Boars—fearless animals that produce many offspring—are symbolic of strength and abundant harvests. We hope 2019 to be an energetic and fulfilling year for everyone.

January 2–27, 2019
Rooms T1 and T2 in the Honkan (Japanese Gallery)

 

Boar
by Kishi Renzan
Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Hardy Wilson)

Haniwa (Terracotta tomb object), Boar (left)
Excavated at Tenjin'yama, Sakai Kamitakeshi, Isesaki-shi, Gunma
Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)
Wild Boar (right)
by Ishikawa Komei
Dated 1912 (Gift of the artist)

 

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 11:00–16:00 in front of the Imperial Lounge on the second floor of the Honkan (Japanese Gallery).

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Works with auspicious motifs

Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji: A Mild Breeze on a Fine Day

Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji: A Mild Breeze on a Fine Day
By Katsushika Hokusai
Edo period, 19th century
January 2–27, 2019
Room 10, Honkan 

Tebako (Cosmetic box), Wheels-in-stream design in maki-e lacquer and mother-of-pearl inlay

Tebako (Cosmetic box), Wheels-in-stream design in maki-e lacquer and mother-of-pearl inlay
Heian period, 12th century (National Treasure)
January 2–March 31, 2019
Room 12, Honkan 

Karaori (Noh costume), Design of seigaiha stylized waves, bouquets, fans, and bottle gourds on a green, red, and brown checkered ground

Karaori (Noh costume), Design of seigaiha stylized waves, bouquets, fans, and bottle gourds on a green, red, and brown checkered ground
Passed down by the Uesugi clan
Edo period, 18th century
January 2–February 24, 2019
Room 9, Honkan 


 

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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 Tuesday, January 2 until Monday, January 14.

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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
In front of Honkan
12:40
In front of Honkan
13:30
In front of Honkan
15:10
In front of Honkan
January 3
11:00
In front of Honkan
12:40
In front of Honkan
11:50
The Lounge of Heiseikan
13:30
In front of Honkan
14:20
The Lounge of Heiseikan
15:10
In front of Honkan
 
* In the event of bad weather, venues may change or performances may be canceled.

 

 

 

いけばな
Ikebana
January 2 - January 14
Ikebana Flower Arrangements By Prof. Nobu Kurashige, Ikenobo
Main gate, Honkan

 

 

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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 the day.
http://www.toppan-vr.jp/mt/
January 2 and 3
The first 200 costomers will receive decorative chopstick stands.
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 Basic information

Date
January 2, 2019 (Wed) - January 27, 2019 (Sun)  
Time
9:30 - 17:00


Related Exhibition

  1. National Treasure Gallery: Pine Trees
  2. Honkan-Room 2
    January 2, 2019 (Wed) - January 14, 2019 (Mon)

  3. New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum: The Year of the Boar
  4. Honkan-Room T1 & T2
    January 2, 2019 (Wed) - January 27, 2019 (Sun)

  5. Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Ukiyo-e
  6. Honkan-Room 10
    January 2, 2019 (Wed) - January 27, 2019 (Sun)

  7. Courtly Art: Heian–Muromachi period
  8. Honkan-Room 3
    January 2, 2019 (Wed) - February 3, 2019 (Sun)

  9. Noh and Kabuki: Auspicious Patterns in Designs for the Noh Theater
  10. Honkan-Room 9
    January 2, 2019 (Wed) - February 24, 2019 (Sun)

  11. Lacquerware
  12. Honkan-Room 12
    January 2, 2019 (Wed) - March 31, 2019 (Sun)


Related Events

  1. New Year's Celebration Events: Taiko - Japanese drumming performance
  2. Honkan-Entrance
    January 2, 2019 (Wed) - January 3, 2019 (Thu) 11:00, 13:30

  3. New Year's Celebration Events: Lion Dance Performance
  4. Honkan-Entrance
    January 2, 2019 (Wed) - January 3, 2019 (Thu) 12:40, 15:10

  5. New Year's Celebration Events: Clarinet Concert
  6. Heiseikan-Lounge
    January 3, 2019 (Thu) 11:50, 14:20

  7. New Year's Celebration Events: Ikebana Flower Arrangements
  8. Premises-Main gate, Honkan
    January 2, 2019 (Wed) - January 14, 2019 (Mon)