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February 1, 2005 (Tue)Heiseikan

The Heiseikan, built to commemorate the crown prince's wedding in 1993, serves primarily as the space for special exhibitions. For this purpose there are four special exhibition galleries on the second floor, as well as the Japanese Archaeological Gallery.

Floor Map


1st floor: Japanese Archaeology (Four Major Works of Each Period)

  
Four Major works of Each Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - May 29, 2005 (Sun)

Exhibiting:
Dogu figurine, excavated from Kamegaoka, Kidukuri-machi, Aomori, late Jomon period (Important Cultural Property, exhibiting through March 27, 2005)
Bronze Bell, reportedly excavated from Kagawa prefecture, Middle Yayoi period (National Treasure)
Haniwa, warrior in short armor, excavated from Kumagai-shi, Saitama (Important Cultural Property)
Jar with arabesque pattern, excavated from Sachi-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Heian period (National Treasure, Lent by Keio University)

1st floor: Japanese Archaeology (Chronological Exhibition)

  
The Dawning of Japanese Culture  Paleolithic Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - May 29, 2005 (Sun)

Including:
Stone Tools, 30, 000 B.C.
Polished Stone Axes, 30, 000 B.C.

  
The Rise of Warrior Class Culture  Late Heian - Muromachi period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - May 29, 2005 (Sun)

Including:
Jar, Tokoname Ware, with natural glaze, excavated from Miyado, Asaka-shi, Saitama, Heian period, 12th century

  
Becoming Part of the East Asian World  Yayoi Period I
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - May 29, 2005 (Sun)

Including:
Long-necked Jar, 2nd - 3rd century (Important Cultural Property)
and Pottery Jar, wood plow, turtle-shaped pottery wares, etc.

  
The Independence of Japanese Culture  Jomon Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - May 29, 2005 (Sun)

Including:
Spouted vessel with human figure decorations, From Moheji, Kamiiso-cho, Hokkaido, Jomon period, 2000-1000 B.C. (Important Cultural Property)
and Dogu, clay plates, clay objects, etc.

  
The Start of Political Society  Yayoi period II - Kofun period I
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - May 29, 2005 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror with Deities and Animals Design, excavated from Tenjinyama kofun, Maebashi-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 3rd century (Important Cultural Property, exhibiting through March 13, 2005)

  
The Emergence of the Yamato Government  Kofun period II
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - May 29, 2005 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror with Hunting images , reportedly excavated from Hachimanbara-cho, Takasaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period (Important Cultural Property)
Bronze Arrowheads, 4th century
Stone Dish with Four Legs, 4th - 5th century

  
The Five Kings of Yamato  Kofun period III
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - May 29, 2005 (Sun)

Including:
Iron Sword with Inlaid Silver Inscription, excavated from Edafunayama kofun, Kumamoto, Kofun period, 5th - 6th century (National Treasure)
Mirror with human figures, derived from Sumidahachiman Jinja, Wakayama, Kofun period, 5th - 6th century (National Treasure, Lent by Sumidahachiman Jinja, Wakayama)

  
The Rise of Local Rulers  Kofun period IV
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - May 29, 2005 (Sun)

Including:
Horse Bit with "f"-shaped Cheek Ornaments, excavated from Edafunayama kofun, Kumamoto, Kofun period, 5th - 6th century (National Treasure)

  
From Tang to Nara and From Nara to the Rest of Japan  Nara period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - May 29, 2005 (Sun)

Including:
Three Color-glazed Jar with Lid, excavated from Ibaraki-shi, Osaka, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)

  
Culture from the Silk Road  Kofun period V
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2004 (Fri) - May 29, 2005 (Sun)

Including:
Cut Glass Bowl with Round Designs in Relief, Iran, 8th century (Private collection)

  
Aristocrats of the Ritsuryo System  Heian Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - May 29, 2005 (Sun)

Including:
Green-glazed Vase with Handle, excavated from Okabe-machi, Saitama, Heian period, 10th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Okabe-machi, Saitama)

  
The Flowering of Daimyo Culture  Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - May 29, 2005 (Sun)

Including:
Large Dish with Flowering Plants in Overglaze Enamels, Kokutani type, Imari Ware, Edo period, 17th century

1st floor: Japanese Archaeology (Thematic Exhibitions)

  
Sacred Rites of the Kofun Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - July 18, 2005 (Mon)

Including:
Stone models of sword, axe, and dish, 4th - 5th century

  
Everyday Tools
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - June 5, 2005 (Sun)

Tools for hunting and meals of the Jomon period, including stone spears, fishhooks, and stone spoons

  
Metal Accessaries
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - June 5, 2005 (Sun)

Gold earrings, bangles and other accessaries

  
Tile with Buddhist Image
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - June 19, 2005 (Sun)

Tiles decorating temple buildings, Including Tile with Buddhist Triad and Tile with Buddhist Image, 7th century

  
Metalwork of the Yayoi Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - June 5, 2005 (Sun)

Bronze swords, bronze halberds and bronze bells

  
Personal Accessories and Ritual Objects
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - June 5, 2005 (Sun)

Earrings and magatama jade of the Jomon period

  
Post Jomon Culture in Hokkaido
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - June 5, 2005 (Sun)

Including:
Earthenware, stone stools, magatama jade and small gems

  
Daily tools of Yayoi
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - June 5, 2005 (Sun)

Stone ax, Stone knife, etc.

  
Yayoi Tools and Accessories
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - June 5, 2005 (Sun)

Including:
Antler Fishhook; Shell Bracelets from the 1st - 3rd century

  
Mirrors with Year Inscriptions
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - June 5, 2005 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror with Deities Design 4th century

  
Iron Agricultural Tools of Kofun Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - June 5, 2005 (Sun)

Including:
Axe, sickle, and plow

  
Haniwa Objects
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - June 12, 2005 (Sun)

Including:
Haniwa (terracotta tomb ornament): Storage Houses with Gable Roofs, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)

  
The Flourishing of Haniwa Figures
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - June 12, 2005 (Sun)

Including:
Warrior in Keiko Armor, Haniwa, 6th century (National Treasure)

  
Ornaments of Kings
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - June 5, 2005 (Sun)

Objects from the Eda-Funayama Tumulus, 5th - 6th century (National Treasure)

  
Tiles with Inscriptions from Ancient Shimousa Area
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - June 19, 2005 (Sun)

Tiles with Inscription from the Nara period, 8th century

  
The World of Nara Period Officials
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - June 19, 2005 (Sun)

Wooden plate and stationaries,
Including Bronze Seal of the Mikasadan (Mikasa Group; copy), Nara period, 8th century

  
Sutra Mounds - Time Capsules for 5,670,000,000 Years
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - June 19, 2005 (Sun)

Objects baried in sutra mounds Including objects from the Gokurakuji Sutra Mound, Kodera-machi, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Jofukuji, Hyogo)

  
Ritual tools from the Main building of the Edo castle
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - June 19, 2005 (Sun)

Obejcts excavated from areas used to be the main building of the Edo Castle, including Cakra Wheel Bronze, 17th century

  
Room tiles of Edo period Warlords Houses
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - June 19, 2005 (Sun)

Including:
Round Eave Tile with paired crane crest, excavated from the House of Morioka feudal clan located in current Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 18th - 19th century

  
Objects for Mountain Worship
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - June 19, 2005 (Sun)

Objects from the Site Atop Mt. Nantai, 10th - 13th century (Futaarayamajinja, Important Cultural Property)

  
The Development of Sue Ware
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - June 5, 2005 (Sun)

Introducing New potteries from China, including Ring-shaped Flask and Covered Jar with Deer Ornaments, 6th century

  
Development of Beads and Jade Tools Production
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2005 (Sun) - June 5, 2005 (Sun)

Including:
Crystal Round Bead, excavated from Koganezuka kofun, Izumi-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 4th - 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
and other crystal/glass/jade objects

1st floor

  
Modern Sculpture
Corridor  April 6, 2004 (Tue) - March 27, 2005 (Sun)

Including:
Japanese Lady by V. Ragusa, Meiji Period, dated 1881
Eva by A. Rodin, 19th century

2nd floor: Special Exhibition Galleries

  
Special Exhibition Galleries  January 12, 2005 (Wed) - March 6, 2005 (Sun)

To commemorate the Heisei restoration of the Kondo (Main Hall) of Toshodaiji, this exhibition will re-create the interior of the Kondo and the Mieido (Founder's Hall) with main figure of each hall, the statues of Vairocana Buddha and Ganjinwajo.