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A New Way to Experience Folding Screens through High-resolution Facsimiles: National Treasure Pine Trees

This interactive exhibition explores folding screen paintings – Hasegawa Tohaku’s Pine Trees – through high-resolution facsimiles and video imagery.

Although folding screens were used in daily life as decorations and partitions since ancient times in Japan, they are rarely seen in modern society. In this gallery, high-resolution facsimiles allow visitors to experience folding screens as they were originally meant to be used – on tatami mats and without display cases. Dynamic video imagery enhances the experience, allowing visitors to expand their imaginations and enjoy these famous paintings with the five senses. We hope you enjoy this new experience of “diving” into masterpieces of Japanese painting.

The high-resolution facsimiles and video imagery (C)Prototype.inc

About The National Treasure " Pine Trees"

Originals By Hasegawa Tohaku (1539-1610)
Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century
Ink on paper
Owned by the Tokyo National Museum
High-resolution Facsimile Dated 2008
Printed on Japanese paper
Owned by the Tokyo National Museum

About High-Resolution Facsimiles

These high-resolution facsimiles were created as part of the “Tsuzuri Cultural Heritage Inheritance Project,” conducted by Canon Inc. and the Kyoto Culture Association, a non-profit organization. This project was launched with the aim of making precious cultural assets from ancient Japan accessible to a wider audience while protecting the originals from deterioration. The exhibition is intended to present the outcomes of projects initiated by the National Center for the Promotion of Cultural Properties, which aims to promote effective utilization of cultural assets.


January 2, 2019 (Wed) - February 3, 2019 (Sun)  
Japanese Gallery (Honkan)-Room T4
9:30-17:00; Fridays, Saturdays: until 21:00
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
These works can be viewed by paying the admission fee for regular exhibits.
* The special exhibition "Unrivaled Calligraphy: Yan Zhenqing and His Legacy" (Wednesday, January 16 - Sunday, February 24, 2019, Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries), require separate admission fees.
Tokyo National Museum, Nathional Center for the Promotion of Cltural Properties, Canon Inc.
General Inquiries
E-mail: bkc@nich.go.jp

Related Exhibition

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