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October 3, 2010 (Sun)Heiseikan

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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)

 Image of "Four Major works of Each Period" 
Four Major works of Each Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 1, 2010 (Tue) - December 5, 2010 (Sun)

Exhibiting:
Dogu (Clay Figurine), From Kamegaoka, Kizukuri, Tsugaru-shi, Aomori, Jomon period, 1000 - 400BC (Important Cultural Property)
Dotaku (Bell-Shaped Bronze), Design of Crossed Bands, Attributed provenance: Kagawa, Yayoi period, 2nd - 1st century BC(National Treasure)
Dancing people (terra-cotta tomb figurine), from Nohara, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama, Kofun Period (on exhibit through October 17, 2010)
Man in Playing the Zither Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figure) , Reportedly from Sakuragawa-shi, Ibaraki, Kofun period, 6th century (Private collection, on exhibit through November 15, 2010)
House with Hipped and Gabled Roof Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Ornament), from Sakurai-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property, on exhibit from November 16, 2010)
Jar, with arabesque pattern, excavated from Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Heian period (National Treasure, Lent by Keio University, Tokyo, on exhibit through August 8, 2010)
Three-color Glazed Urn with Cover, excavated from Ibaraki-shi, Osaka, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property, on exhibit from August 10, 2010)

1st floor: Japanese Archaeology (Chronological Exhibition)

 Image of "The Dawning of Japanese Culture Paleolithic Period" 
The Dawning of Japanese Culture Paleolithic Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 1, 2010 (Tue) - December 12, 2010 (Sun)

Including:
Stone Tools, from Kannoki site, Shinano-machi, Nagano, 20,000 B.C. (Lent by Nagano Prefactural Museum of History)
Polished Stone Axes, from Kannoki site, Shinano-machi, Nagano, 20,000 B.C. (Lent by Nagano Prefactural Museum of History)

 Image of "The Independence of Japanese Culture Jomon Period" 
The Independence of Japanese Culture Jomon Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 1, 2010 (Tue) - December 12, 2010 (Sun)

Dogu, clay plates, clay objects, etc.
Including:
Dogu (Clay Figurine), From Gobara, Higashiagatsuma, Gunma, Jomon period, 2000 - 1000 BC (Important Cultural Property, Private collection)
Doban (Clay Tablet), From Inashiki-shi, Ibaraki, Jomon period, 1000 - 400BC (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Inoue Tsuneichi and Ms. Inoue Fumiko)

 Image of "The Start of Political Society Yayoi period II - Kofun period I" 
The Start of Political Society Yayoi period II - Kofun period I
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 8, 2010 (Tue) - December 19, 2010 (Sun)

Objects from Funahashi Tumulus, Kashiwara-shi and Fujiidera-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 3rd century, etc.

 Image of "The Emergence of the Yamato Kofun period II" 
The Emergence of the Yamato Kofun period II
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 8, 2010 (Tue) - December 19, 2010 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror with hunting images, reportedly excavated from Hachimanbara-cho, Takasaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 4th - 5th century (Important Cultural Property)

 Image of "The Five Kings of Yamato Kofun period III" 
The Five Kings of Yamato Kofun period III
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 8, 2010 (Tue) - December 19, 2010 (Sun)

Including:
Iron Sword with inlaid silver inscription, excavated from Eta-Funayama Tumulus, Kumamoto, Kofun period, 5th - 6th century (National Treasure)

 Image of "The Rise of Local Rulers Kofun period IV" 
The Rise of Local Rulers Kofun period IV
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 8, 2010 (Tue) - December 19, 2010 (Sun)

Including:
Horse bit with "f"-shaped cheek ornaments, excavated from Eta-Funayama Tumulus, Kumamoto, Kofun period, 5th - 6th century (National Treasure)

 Image of "Culture from the Silk Road Kofun period V" 
Culture from the Silk Road Kofun period V
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 8, 2010 (Tue) - December 19, 2010 (Sun)

Including:
Cut glass bowl with round designs in relief, Iran, 6th century (Private collection)

 Image of "From Tang to Nara and From Nara to the Rest of Japan Nara period" 
From Tang to Nara and From Nara to the Rest of Japan Nara period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 29, 2010 (Tue) - December 5, 2010 (Sun)

Including:
Jar, With three color-glaze, excavated from China, Tang Dynasty, 8th century

 Image of "Aristocrats of the Ritsuryo System Heian Period" 
Aristocrats of the Ritsuryo System Heian Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 29, 2010 (Tue) - December 5, 2010 (Sun)

Including:
Green-glazed vase with handle, excavated from Fukaya-shi Saitama, Heian period, 10th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Fukaya-shi, Saitama)

 Image of "The Rise of Warrior Class CultureThe Rise of Warrior Class Culture Late Heian - Muromachi period" 
The Rise of Warrior Class CultureThe Rise of Warrior Class Culture Late Heian - Muromachi period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 29, 2010 (Tue) - December 5, 2010 (Sun)

Including:
Jar with four handles, white porcelain, excavated from Tateyama-shi, Chiba, Southern Song - Yuan dynasty, 13th - 14th century

 Image of "The Flowering of Daimyo Culture Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period" 
The Flowering of Daimyo Culture Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 29, 2010 (Tue) - December 5, 2010 (Sun)

Including:
Large Dish, Flowers design in overglaze enamels, Kakiemon type, Imari Ware, Edo period, 17th century

 Image of "Becoming Part of the East Asian World Yayoi Period I" 
Becoming Part of the East Asian World Yayoi Period I
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 1, 2010 (Tue) - December 12, 2010 (Sun)

Pottery jars, urns(Cooking Pot), wood plows, etc.
Including:
Jar, from Asagiri-machi, Kumamoto, Yayoi period, 1st - 3rd century (Important Cultural Property, Private collection)

1st floor Japanese Archaeology (Thematic Exhibitions)

 Image of "The Flourishing of Haniwa Figures" 
The Flourishing of Haniwa Figures
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 15, 2010 (Tue) - December 26, 2010 (Sun)

Including:
Haniwa warrior, from Iizuka-cho, Ota-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century (National Treasure, on exhibit from November 16, 2010)

 Image of "Everyday Tools" 
Everyday Tools
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 1, 2010 (Tue) - December 12, 2010 (Sun)

Hunting tools and eating utensils of the Jomon period, including stone spears, fishhooks, and stone spoons.

 Image of "Yayoi Tools and Accessories" 
Yayoi Tools and Accessories
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 1, 2010 (Tue) - December 12, 2010 (Sun)

Including:
Magatama, Kudatama Beads, Yayoi period, 2nd - 1st century BC

 Image of "Ancient Chinese Mirrors from Japanese Kofun Tombs: Inscriptions, transmission, and multiple productions" 
Ancient Chinese Mirrors from Japanese Kofun Tombs: Inscriptions, transmission, and multiple productions
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 8, 2010 (Tue) - December 19, 2010 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror with Deities Design, Kofun period, 4th century

 Image of "Imported Mirrors and Japanese Mirrors" 
Imported Mirrors and Japanese Mirrors
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 8, 2010 (Tue) - December 19, 2010 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror with six bells, From Ota-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 5th - 6th century

 Image of "Development of Beads and Jade Tools Production" 
Development of Beads and Jade Tools Production
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 8, 2010 (Tue) - December 19, 2010 (Sun)

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

 Image of "Rituals of Kofun Period" 
Rituals of Kofun Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 8, 2010 (Tue) - December 19, 2010 (Sun)

Objects from the Sarunoko Tumulus, Bando-shi, Ibaraki, Kofun period, 5th century

 Image of "Iron Farming and other Tools of Kofun Period" 
Iron Farming and other Tools of Kofun Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 8, 2010 (Tue) - December 19, 2010 (Sun)

Including:
Axes, sickles, and plows

 Image of "Newly Introduced Weaponry: Changes in Combat Styles and Ornamentation" 
Newly Introduced Weaponry: Changes in Combat Styles and Ornamentation
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 8, 2010 (Tue) - December 19, 2010 (Sun)

Including:
Spearthead, From Uda-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century

 Image of "Protective Additions to Kofun-Period Helmets and Armor" 
Protective Additions to Kofun-Period Helmets and Armor
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 8, 2010 (Tue) - December 19, 2010 (Sun)

Including:
Pair of forearm guards, From site at Ueno, Chikusei-shi, Ibaraki, Kofun period, 5th - 6th century

 Image of "Ornaments of Kings" 
Ornaments of Kings
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 8, 2010 (Tue) - December 19, 2010 (Sun)

Objects from Eta-Funayama Tumulus, Nagomi-machi, Kumamoto, Kofun peirod, 5th - 6th century (National Treasures)

 Image of "Haniwa Objects" 
Haniwa Objects
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 15, 2010 (Tue) - December 26, 2010 (Sun)

Including:
Haniwa (terracotta tomb ornament): Storage Houses with Gable Roofs, evcavated from Saitobaru Tumulus, Saito-shi, Miyazaki, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)

 Image of "Tile with Buddhist Image" 
Tile with Buddhist Image
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 29, 2010 (Tue) - December 5, 2010 (Sun)

Tiles decorating temple buildings.
Including:
Tile with Buddhist Triad and Tile with Buddhist Image, Asuka period, 7th century

 Image of "Tiles with Inscriptions" 
Tiles with Inscriptions
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 29, 2010 (Tue) - December 5, 2010 (Sun)

Tiles with inscriptions from Nara period, 8th century

 Image of "The World of Nara Period Officials" 
The World of Nara Period Officials
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 29, 2010 (Tue) - December 5, 2010 (Sun)

Wooden plates and stationaries.
Including:
Gold coins "Kaiki Shoho", excavated from Saidaiji-machi, Nara, Nara Period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)
Bronze Seal of the Mikasadan (Mikasa Group), Nara period, 8th century

 Image of "Sutra Mounds - Time Capsules for 5,670,000,000 Years" 
Sutra Mounds - Time Capsules for 5,670,000,000 Years
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 29, 2010 (Tue) - December 5, 2010 (Sun)

Objects buried in sutra mounds.
Including:
Sutra case, From Kashiwao-yama Sutra Mound, Koshu-shi, Yamanashi, Heian Period, dated 1103 (Important Cultural Property)

 Image of "Cinerary Urns of Medieval Cremation" 
Cinerary Urns of Medieval Cremation
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 29, 2010 (Tue) - December 5, 2010 (Sun)

Cinerary urns made of bronze, stone and ceramic

 Image of "Edo-Period Artifacts from Ueno Park" 
Edo-Period Artifacts from Ueno Park
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 29, 2010 (Tue) - December 5, 2010 (Sun)

Objects from Ueno Park, Edo-Period, 17th - 19th century

 Image of "Armor of the Kofun Period" 
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  September 14, 2010 (Tue) - December 12, 2010 (Sun)

>> detailed information
The development of armor of the Kofun period corresponds with the appearance and phasing out of kofun tumuli, making armor an important resource for understanding shifts in modes of combat, culture and social structure during the Kofun period.
Current exhibit includes:
Short Cuirass, Rectangular iron plates joined with leather, From Obaka Tumulus, Gojo-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 4th - 5th century, (Gift of Mr. Yoshida Eiichi and others)
Neck Guard and Scapula Guard (copy), Copied by Ito Hidekazu, Original: From Nihonmatsuyama Tumulus, Eiheiji-cho, Fukui, Original: Kofun period, 5th century, (Gift of the artist)
Collar Guard (copy), Copied by Endo Junji, Original: From Enshoji-Hakayama Tumulus, Nara-shi, Nara, Original: Kofun period, 5th century
Short Cuirass, Banded style with horizontal iron bands joined with leather, From Eta-Funayama Tumulus, Nagomi-cho, Tamana-gun, Kumamoto, Kofun period, 5th - 6th century, (National Treasure)
Beaked Helmet, Vertical iron bands riveted together, From Tumulus at Shimokanaya, Chichibu-shi, Saitama, Kofun period, 6th century

 Image of "Personal Accessories and Ritual Objects" 
Personal Accessories and Ritual Objects
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 1, 2010 (Tue) - December 12, 2010 (Sun)

Earrings and magatama jade of the Jomon period

 Image of "Post Jomon Culture of Hokkaido" 
Post Jomon Culture of Hokkaido
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 1, 2010 (Tue) - December 12, 2010 (Sun)

Earthenware, stone stools, magatama jade and small gems

 Image of "Daily Tools of Yayoi" 
Daily Tools of Yayoi
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 1, 2010 (Tue) - December 12, 2010 (Sun)

Stone axes, Stone knives, etc

 Image of "Metalwork of the Yayoi Period" 
Metalwork of the Yayoi Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 1, 2010 (Tue) - December 12, 2010 (Sun)

Bronze swords, bronze halberds and bronze bells

1st floor

 Image of "Paper in Japan, China and Korea" 
Thematic Exhibition Room  September 28, 2010 (Tue) - October 24, 2010 (Sun)

>> detailed information
Looking closely at the paper from Japan, China and Korea with scientific devices such as microscopes and special light enables us to see the differences between each type of paper. This exhibit features paper from these three origins according to type, characteristics, and production method.
Current exhibit includes:
Collected Writings of Wang Bo, Vols. 29 & 30, Tang dynasty, 7th - 8th century, China (National Treasure)
Annotated Huainanzi (Classical Chinese philosophical treatise), Vol. 20, Transcribed on reverse side of Akihagijo (Collection of poems and letters), Tang dynasty, 7 - 8th century, China (National Treasure)
Hoke Kyo (Lotus Sutra), vol. 6, On colored paper, Heian period, 12th century (National Treasure, Lent by Kongobuji, Wakayama)

 Image of "Modern Sculpture" 
Modern Sculpture
Corridor  April 6, 2010 (Tue) - April 3, 2011 (Sun)

Including:
Mr. Tobari Kogan, By Ogiwara Morie, dated 1909
Eva, By Auguste Rodin, 19th century

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