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Special Exhibition

UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage
Special Exhibition
The World of Traditional Performing Arts: Kabuki, Bunraku, Noh and Kyogen, Gagaku, Kumi-odori

Image of "(Head) Bunhichi"

(Head) Bunhichi

Hyokeikan :January 7, 2022 (Fri) - March 13, 2022 (Sun)

This exhibition presents traditional Japanese performing arts that have been collectively added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list—kabuki, bunraku, noh (including kyogen), gagaku, and kumi-odori—and introduces the aesthetics and techniques unique to each of them. The galleries feature stages on which visitors can stand and experience the spaces unique to each traditional performance art. Exhibits include costumes, props, and musical instruments used during actual performances.
This exhibition was originally scheduled to open in the Spring of 2020, but it was suspended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The contents of the exhibition have been partially revised for the rescheduled opening in January 2022.

Special Exhibition: POMPEII

Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries :January 14, 2022 (Fri) - April 3, 2022 (Sun)

Pompeii, a city of the Roman Empire, was swallowed by ash and pumice when Mount Vesuvius near Naples erupted violently in 79 AD. The excavation of Pompeii began in the 18th century and continues to this day. This exhibition presents masterpieces of mural painting, sculpture, and decorative arts, alongside tableware, kitchen tools, and other implements of daily life. Together, these arts and artifacts vividly illustrate life and society in this city of 2,000 years past. Through the generous cooperation of the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, which is home to a vast collection of artifacts excavated from Pompeii, this will be a definitive exhibition about this iconic city of ancient Rome.

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