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Change of Exhibits, Regular Exhibitions: Starting from February 26, 2020 (Wed)

Regular exhibitions at Tokyo National Museum are rotated almost every week. This page provides the latest information on the change of exhibits.
* Some works are exhibited for a longer period of time.

Japanese Gallery (Honkan)

Room 2  February 26, 2020 (Wed) - March 8, 2020 (Sun)

The Twelve Devas are guardian deities of the twelve directions in Esoteric Buddhism, including the four quarters and four semi-quarters, up and down, and the sun and moon.
This painting shows Fūten, the guardian of the northeastern direction, seated on a roe deer accompanied by small attendants on both sides.It is part of the oldest extant set of paintings of the Twelve Devas, which all show the devas seated on animals.
The liberal use of bright colors, such as vermilion and green, is also a common feature across the set.

Room 4  February 26, 2020 (Wed) - May 17, 2020 (Sun)

This gallery highlights the way of tea through its various art works such as paintings and calligraphy, vases, vessels for kaiseki meals, kettles, tea caddies, and tea bowls.

Room 9  February 26, 2020 (Wed) - April 19, 2020 (Sun)

Kabuki theater was one of the major entertainments enjoyed by common people of the Edo period (1603-1868). Women of the day admired kabuki actors and even copied their fashions.

Room 10  February 26, 2020 (Wed) - April 19, 2020 (Sun)

Introduces the fashion of the Edo period townspeople. Enjoy comparing with the ukiyo-e works exhibited in the same room.

Room 11  February 26, 2020 (Wed) - April 19, 2020 (Sun)

This gallery introduces the history of sculptural art in Japan through prototypical wood-sculptures featuring examples dating from the Heian and Kamakura periods, the zenith of Japanese sculpture.

Room 14  February 26, 2020 (Wed) - March 22, 2020 (Sun)

Many families in Japan display elaborate dolls on March 3 for the annual Doll Festival. These dolls, called hina, represent parents’ wishes for their daughters to grow up into healthy and happy adults. Some hina dolls, especially the historic examples on display here, show remarkable artistry and reflect a long-established preference in Japan for small yet intricately crafted objects.

Room 15  February 26, 2020 (Wed) - April 19, 2020 (Sun)

Tokyo National Museum includes a large collection of historical objects and documents. This collection began with objects previously owned by the Edo shogunate government. From the museum's establishment in 1872 (Meiji 5) onward, the collection grew through the holding of exhibitions as well as surveys of cultural properties.


Room 3  February 26, 2020 (Wed) - May 17, 2020 (Sun)

This part intrduces artifacts from West Asia and Egypt, known as the cradle of the earliest civilization.

Room 3  February 26, 2020 (Wed) - April 12, 2020 (Sun)

This part introduces art of the Western Regions (Central Asia) from about the 1st to the 10th century, with a focus on Buddhist art. The highlight of this part is the rich variety of works with high artistic and historical significance.

The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures

Calligraphy: Record of Horyuji and Biography of Prince Shotoku; Textile: Buddhist Banners and Bottom Sections of Buddhist Banners from Horyuji
Room 6  February 26, 2020 (Wed) - March 15, 2020 (Sun)

The calligraphy primarily consists of the kenmotsu-chō records of Empress Kōken’s donation to the temple, the Lotus Sutra in Minute Characters imported from Tang dynasty China, and the temple’s records of daily events as well as legends concerning Prince Shōtoku.
The textiles of the Hōryūji Treasures date from the mid–7th to 8th century and consist mainly of ban (banners used for Buddhist ceremonies), joku mats, and priests’ Funzō-e (“patchwork” stoles), and robes. The textiles also include various types of fragments whose original use is unknown, primarily nishiki brocade, tapestry and warp ikat weave fragments of Kanton banners, ra, and plain and twill weave silks.
Among the dyed fabrics are examples of the sankechi dyeing techniques; kōkechi (tie-dyeing), rōkechi (wax-resist dyeing), and kyōkechi (board-jammed dyeing). Additionally there are the unusually numerous types of pieces like embroidery, braid, and rugs.

Exhibit includes:
Kokon Mokurokusho (Record of Horyu-ji and Biography of Prince Shotoku), By Kenshin, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property)

Fragment of Ban (Buddhist Ritual Banner), Asuka–Nara period, 7th–8th century
Fragment of Ban (Buddhist Ritual Banner) "Banner Leg" With paired dragons, flowers and four-petal flower roundels design on dark green ground, Asuka–Nara period, 7th–8th century (Important Cultural Property)