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October 3, 2010 (Sun)Japanese Gallery (Honkan)

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The original Main Gallery (designed by the British architect Josiah Conder) was severely damaged in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. In contrast to western style of the original structure, the design of the present Honkan by Watanabe Jin is the more eastern "Emperor's Crown Style." Construction began in 1932, and the building was opened in 1938.
24 exhibition rooms on two floors provide a thorough introduction into Japanese art: "Highlights of Japanese Art" on the second floor introduces the development of Japanese art from Jomon through to the Edo period in a chronological manner, and genre galleries presenting specific rooms displaying ceramics, swords, lacquerwares, sculptures, modern decorative arts as well as the material culture of Ainu and Ryukyu are located on the first floor.

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2nd floor "Highlights of Japanese Art"

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Prehistory and Protohistory: the Jomon, Yayoi, and Kofun Periods (10000B.C. - A.D. 600)" 
The Dawn of Japanese Art
Prehistory and Protohistory: the Jomon, Yayoi, and Kofun Periods (10000B.C. - A.D. 600)
Room 1  May 11, 2010 (Tue) - November 14, 2010 (Sun)

The Jomon culture began around 12,000 years ago. Earthenware vessels of this age with various motifs and styles are the starting point of "Highlights of Japanese Art." In the Yayoi period (450 B.C.- A.D. 250), pottery with a simplistic yet refined beauty and dotaku bell-shaped bronzes were prominent. Typical objects from the Kofun period (A.D. 250-600), such as haji, sue wares and haniwa figurines, as well as mirrors, arms and armor, saddlery, and accessory, which expresses the essence of metal and glass craftsmanship, are also featured.
Current exhibit includes:
Dotaku (Bell-shaped bronze), Stream design, From Kehi, Toyo'oka-shi, Hyogo, Yayoi period, 2nd - 1st BC (Important Cultural Property)
Jar with Spout at Base and Human-Figure Ornament, From Tokoshinai, Hirosaki-shi, Aomori, Jomon period, 2000-1000BC (Important Cultural Property)
House with Hipped and Gabled Roof , Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Ornament), From Tobi, Sakurai-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Footed Jar with Narrow Neck, Sue Stoneware, From Kaniana Tomb, Toshi-cho, Toba-shi, Mie, Kofun (Asuka) period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Kawahara Matsuzo)

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The Rise of Buddhism: Asuka and Nara Periods (6c-8c)
Room 1  August 24, 2010 (Tue) - October 3, 2010 (Sun)

In the mid-6th century, Buddhism was officially introduced into Japan from the kingdom of Baekje on the southeastern coast of the Korean peninsula. Japanese culture made a remarkable progress with the adoption of Buddhism. This gallery features early Buddhist statues, sutras, reliquaries, and ritual implements from the Asuka and Nara periods.
Current exhibit includes:
Standing Bosatsu (Bodhisattva), Asuka period, 7th century
Bussetsu Ho'u-kyo Sutra, Votive sutra of Empress Komyo, Nara period, dated the 1st day of the 5th month, 740
Bowl, Gilt bronze, Excavated from under the building site of Main Hall, Kofukuji, Nara, Nara period, 8th century (National Treasure)
Bowl, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)
Eight Nested Bowls, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)

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National Treasure Gallery Picture Scroll of the Realm of Hungry Ghosts
Room 2  August 24, 2010 (Tue) - October 3, 2010 (Sun)

This room is specially designed for the comfortable viewing of masterpieces in a tranquil setting. With each rotation, one exceptional work of painting or calligraphy designated as National Treasure will be presented. The selections come from the Museum's collection or works that are on loan to the Museum.
On Exhibit:
Picture Scroll of the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Heian - Kamakura period, 12th - 13th century (National Treasure)

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Buddhist Art: Heian to Muromachi Periods (8c-16c)
Room 3  August 24, 2010 (Tue) - October 3, 2010 (Sun)

Buddhist art is one of the major genres that define Japanese art. Many masterworks date from the late Heian period, a time characterized as classical in Japanese art history. After the Kamakura period, Buddhist art further developed in its materials, methods, and styles as Zen schools and other new Buddhist schools emerged, together with the influence from the Chinese arts. This exhibit features artworks from the Heian to Kamakura periods, when Buddhist art most flourished, adding siginificant objects from the Nanbokucho and Muromachi periods.
Current exhibit includes:
Guardian Dog, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Kibitsu jinja, Hiroshima)
Kokuzo Bosatsu (Akasagarbha), Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Muto Sanji)
Plaque with Hair-line Engraving of Zao Gongen, A deity of mountain asceticism, Heian period, dated 1001 (National Treasure)
Hoke Kyo (Lotus sutra), vol. 4, Known as Sensoji-kyo, Heian period, 11th century (National Treasure, Lent by Senso-ji, Tokyo)
Incense Burner, With bottle weight at the end of handle, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Kongoji, Osaka)

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Courtly Art: Heian to Muromachi Periods (8c-16c)
Room 3  August 24, 2010 (Tue) - October 3, 2010 (Sun)

The courtiers were strongly involved in the arts through the Heian and Muromachi periods, their aesthetic tastes playing a great role in Japanese art history. Literature works such as waka poems and other calligraphy written by courtiers, and e-maki narrative picture scrolls are displayed in this room with decorative art objects.
Current exhibit includes:
Tale of Matsura no Miya, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property)
Tale of Genji, Kamakura - Muromachi period, 13th - 16th century (Important Cultural Property)

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Zen and Ink Paintings: Kamakura and Muromachi Periods (12c-16c)
Room 3  August 24, 2010 (Tue) - October 3, 2010 (Sun)

This gallery features works by famous artists of the landscape-painting genre, along with famous works of bokuseki (calligraphy by Zen priests).
Current exhibit includes:
Calligraphy in One Line, By Sesson Yubai, Nanbokucho period, 14th century (Gift of Mr. Koizumi Yutaro)
Night Rain over Plantain, Inscriptions by Taihaku Shingen and 13 other persons, Muromachi period, dated 1410 (Important Cultural Property)

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Art of the Tea Ceremony
Room 4  August 10, 2010 (Tue) - October 31, 2010 (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.
Current exhibit includes:
Tea Caddy, Known as "Mochizuki", Bunrin type; Black glaze, Satsuma ware, Edo period, 18th century (Gift of Mr. Matsunaga Yasuzaemon)
Tea Scoop, Known as "Inaushu-sama", Bamboo, By Katagiri Sekishu, Edo period, 17th century (Gift of Mr. Matsunaga Yasuzaemon)
Letter in Chinese Concerning the Death of Wuxue Zuyuan, By Daikyu Shonen, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Matsunaga Yasuzaemon)
Segments from the Poetry-Anthology Kokin Wakashu, Known as Sunshoan Shikishi: Poem about Autumn Moon, Attributed to Ki no Tsurayuki, Heian period, 11th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Asano Nagatake)

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Attire of the Military Elite: Heian to Edo Periods (12c-19c)
Rooms 5 & 6  August 31, 2010 (Tue) - November 28, 2010 (Sun)

Beginning with the sword which is the most important possession of a samurai, this gallery focuses on arms and armor, saddlery, attire of the warriors as well as their portraits and hand-writings.
Current exhibit includes:
Sword Mounting, For daisho (pair of long and short swords), Red-lacquered scabbard with gold spiral banding, Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century (Important Cultural Property)
Tachi Sword, By Ayanokoji Sadatoshi, Signed "Sada", Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Itatehyozu-jinja, Hyogo)
Sword Mounting (For tachi sword signed "Sada"), Uchigatana style, With lacquered Scabbard, Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century (Lent by Itatehyozu-jinja, Hyogo)
Dobuku (Outer garment), Light blue nerinuki plain weave silk with vine design (Crest: three-leaf hollyhock), Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th - 17th century

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Folding Screen and Sliding Door Paintings: Azuchi-Momoyama and Edo Periods (16c-19c)
Room 7  September 22, 2010 (Wed) - October 31, 2010 (Sun)

This gallery is dedicated to the genre of shohei-ga, which includes mural paintings, fusuma paintings and byobu paintings. The room is especially designed for an effective display of grand-scale paintings.
Current exhibit includes:
Autumn grasses, By Tawaraya Sosetsu, Edo period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property)

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Interior Furnishings and Daily Utensils: Azuchi-Momoyama and Edo Periods (16c-19c)
Room 8  August 3, 2010 (Tue) - October 24, 2010 (Sun)

The maturing of Japanese culture supported by the military and commoner classes continued throughout the Azuchi-Momoyama and Edo periods. This gallery introduces the craft of interior furnishings and daily utensils that adorned the life of the people during these periods.
Current exhibit includes:
Box for Paper, Maple leaf design in maki-e lacquer, By Hara Yoyusai, Edo period, 19th century
Katabira (Summer garment), Paulownia and phoenix on white ramie, Edo period, 19th century (on exhibit through August 29, 2010)
Hanging Incense Burner, Flower basket design, Edo period, 18th century
Covered Vessel, Chrysanthemums and stream design in engraving and overglaze enamels, Kakiemon type, Imari Ware, Edo period, 17th century
Square Dish, Autumn grasses design, Nezumi-Shino type, Mino Ware, Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period, 16th-17th century

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Developments in Painting and Calligraphy: Azuchi-Momoyama and Edo Periods (16c-19c)
Room 8  September 22, 2010 (Wed) - October 31, 2010 (Sun)

This gallery introduces the dynamic and multi-faceted world of paintings and calligraphy from the Azuchi-Momoyama to the Edo period.
Current exhibit includes:
Morning View of the Uji River, By Aoki Mokubei, Edo period, dated 1824 (Important Cultural Property)
Writings by Obaku Sect Priests of High Virtue, By Ingen Ryuki and others, Edo period, 17th - 18th century (Private collection)
Scroll of Poems, By Hon'ami Koetsu, Edo period, dated 1633

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Room 9  August 31, 2010 (Tue) - October 24, 2010 (Sun)

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Nuihaku robes are Noh costumes with designs in embroidery and gold and silver leaf. Mainly used in plays with young female protagonists (known as katsura-noh plays), they are worn around the waist beneath choken- or maiginu-type outer robes. This exhibition showcases the uniquely Japanese aesthetic played out in lustrous silk and brilliant gold leaf on nuihaku robes.
Exhibit includes:
Nuihaku Garment (Noh Costume), Chrysanthemum, reed and waterfowl design on red and white tiered ground, Formerly owned by the Konparu Troupe, Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century (Important Cultural Property)
Nuihaku Garment (Noh Costume), Lily and courtly carriage design on brown ground, Formerly owned by the Konparu Troupe, Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century (Important Cultural Property)
 

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Ukiyo-e and Costumes: Edo Period (17c-19c) Edo Period Fashion and Design
Room 10  August 31, 2010 (Tue) - October 24, 2010 (Sun)

Introduces the fashion of the Edo period townspeople. Enjoy comparing with the ukiyo-e works exhibited in the same room.
Current exhibit includes:
Kosode (Garment with small wrist openings), Autumn grass design on white ground, Hand-painted by Ogata Korin, Edo period, 18th century (Important Cultural Property)
Kosode (Garment with small wrist openings), Stripe with chrysanthemum crest design on purple tussah silk crepe, Edo period, 19th century
Inro (Medicine Case), Dog design in maki-e lacquer, Meiji period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Quincy A. Shaw.)

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Ukiyo-e and Costumes: Edo Period (17c-19c) Ukiyo-e
Room 10  September 22, 2010 (Wed) - October 17, 2010 (Sun)

This gallery shows individualistic and manifold works of the ukiyo-e artists, ranging from depictions of pleasure quarters, kabuki plays, traditional bird and flower motifs and narrative pictures, to landscapes.
Exhibit includes:
Woman Visiting the Shrine in the Night, By Suzuki Harunobu, Edo period, 18th century (Important Art Object)
Illustrations of Famous Poems: Poem on Scouring-rush Gatherer, By Katsushika Hokusai, Edo period, 19th century
Famous Places of the Eastern Capital: Matsuchiyama, By Utagawa Hiroshige, Edo period, Tenpo era (Gift of Mr. Takahashi Yasushi)

2nd floor

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Masterpieces of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy
Room T1  September 22, 2010 (Wed) - October 17, 2010 (Sun)

This exhibition introduces a selection of landscapes from the Yuan to Qing dynasties, including works by Ming-dynasty academic painter Wang E and Ju Jie, one of Wen Zhengming's most outstanding pupils. The calligraphy section of the exhibition showcases inscribed fan papers and duilian, Chinese couplets in diptych style, which were favored among calligraphers from the Ming to the Qing dynasties.
Current exhibit includes:
Bamboos and Insects, Attributed to Zhao Chang, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century (Important Cultural Property)
Lotus Pond and Waterfowl, Attributed to Gu Deqian, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century (Important Cultural Property)
Fish and Waterplants, Attributed to Jing Chu, Ming dynasty, 14th - 15th century (Important Art Object)
Poem in Running-Cursive Script, By Zhang Ruitu, Ming dynasty, 16th - 17th century (Gift of Dr. Hayashi Munetake)
Poem in Clerical Script, By Chen Hongshou, Qing dynasty, dated 1804 (Gift of Mr. Aoyama San'u)
Poem in Clerical Script, By Hu Zhen, Qing dynasty, dated 1859 (Gift of Mr. Aoyama San'u)

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Room T2  September 14, 2010 (Tue) - December 5, 2010 (Sun)

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Over the past century, four generous individuals have kindly donated Wayang Kulit and Wayang Golek puppets to the Tokyo National Museum. This exhibition showcases the full range of these works in honor of the donors, who have each contributed greatly to promoting relations between Indonesia and Japan.
Exhibit includes:
Wayang Kulit: Prabu Kresna, Central Java, Indonesia, 20th century (Gift of Mr. Danarto)
Wayang Kulit: Dewi Wara Srikandi, Central Java, Indonesia, 20th century (Gift of Mr. Danarto)
Wayang Kulit: Prabu Duryudana, Central Java, Indonesia, 21st century (Gift of Mr. Matsumoto Ryo)
Wayang Kulit: Adipati Karna, Central Java, Indonesia, 21st century (Gift of Mr. Matsumoto Ryo)
Wayang Kulit: Raden Arjuna, Central Java, Indonesia, 20th century (Gift of Mr. Yokoyama Heishiro)
Wayang Kulit: Adipati Karna, Central Java, Indonesia, 20th century (Gift of Mr. Yokoyama Heishiro)
Wayang Golek: Raden Gatutkaca, Western Java, Indonesia, 20th century (Gift of Mr. Sawayama Yaroku)

1st floor Genre Exhibits

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Japanese Sculpture
Room 11  September 14, 2010 (Tue) - November 28, 2010 (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.
Current exhibit includes:
Seated Minamoto Yoritomo, Kamakura Period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property)
Seated Priest Yuiken, By Chokei, Nanbokucho period, dated 1372 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Hokaiji, Kanagawa)
Seated Amida Nyorai (Amitabha), Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Horyu-ji, Nara)
Standing Komoku Ten (Virupakusa), Heian period, 12th century (National Treasure, Lent by Joruri-ji, Kyoto)
Standing Senju Kannon Bosatsu (Sahasrabhuja Avalokitesvara), No. 40, By Tankei, Kamakura period, dated 1251 - 56 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Myoho'in (From the Main Hall of Rengeo'in), Kyoto)

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Sculpture and Metal Art
Room 12  September 14, 2010 (Tue) - November 28, 2010 (Sun)

This gallery introduces many different types of gilt bronze Buddhist statues and figures from the Asuka and Nara periods, such as kyozo (mirror icons) and kakebotoke (hanging icons), as well as Buddhist implements such as candlesticks and incense burners, and implements for esoteric Buddhist rituals.
Current exhibit includes
Standing Kannon Bosatsu (Avalokitesvara), Excavated from Shorinji, Kamiuma-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Heian period, 12th century
Plaque with Cast Image of Zao Gongen, Excavated at Kinpusen, Amakawa-mura, Yoshino, Nara, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Ominesanji, Nara)
Keman (Pendent ornament), Kalavinka design, Heian period, 12th century (Gift of Mr. Sanjonishi Jozen)
Keman (Pendent ornament), Lotus flower design, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Kongorinji, Shiga)

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Ceramics
Room 13  September 14, 2010 (Tue) - November 28, 2010 (Sun)

Focuses on kyo-yaki, Imari ware and other ceramics from the Edo period, together with ceramic ware related to the tea ceremony. Featuring motifs of the season, the works on view are organized by their origins to highlight their styles.
Current exhibit includes:
Oblong Dishes, Tanzaku poem card design in underglaze iron, Kenzan ware, Edo period, dated 1743
Four-lobed Bowl, Cherry blossoms and maple tree design in overglaze enamel, By Ninnami Dohachi, Edo period, 19th century (Important Art Object, Private collection)
Large Bowl, Birds and flowers in overglaze enamel, Kakiemon type, Imari ware, Edo period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property)
Flower Vase with Handles, Iga ware, Edo period, 17th century
Shallow Bowl, Melon design with three-color glaze, Studio of Chojiro, Raku ware, Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century

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Lacquerware
Room 13  September 14, 2010 (Tue) - November 28, 2010 (Sun)

Features maki-e works from Heian to Edo period. The exhibit shows the history and beauty of maki-e, a unique lacquerwork method that developed in Japan.
Current exhibition includes:
Tebako (cosmetic box), Fan design in maki-e lacquer, Muromachi period, 15th century (Important Cultural Property)
Tebako (cosmetic box), Wheels half submerged in stream in mother-of-pearl inlay, Kamakura period, 13th century (National Treasure)
Writing box, Design of gosho-guruma (nobleman's cart) in maki-e lacquer, Edo period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property)

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Swords and Sword-fittings
Room 13  September 28, 2010 (Tue) - November 28, 2010 (Sun)

Exhibits selected swords and sword-fittings from the Heian to Edo periods, including the Katana Sword, By Sadatoshi.
Current exhibit includes:
Tachi Sword, By Sadatoshi, Kamakura period, 13th century (National Treasure)
Tanto Sword, By Kunihiro, Kamakura period, dated 1324 (Important Cultural Property)
Sword Guard, Daruma (Bodhidharma) design, By Kaneie, Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century (Important Cultural Property, Private collection)

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Room 14  August 10, 2010 (Tue) - October 3, 2010 (Sun)

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In Buddhism, some ritual implements are used specifically to produce sound. These are known in Japanese as "bon'ongu" - literally, "Buddhist instruments." We hope viewers will take the opportunity to appreciate the unusual shapes and designs, and the functional beauty of Buddhist ritual instruments.
Exhibit includes:
Kei Gong, Butterfly shape, Excavated from Miyabuchi, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano, Heian period, dated 1001 (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Takahashi Tamotsu, on exhibit from August 11, 2010)
Kei Gong, Lotus pond design, Excavated at Kinpusen, Yoshino-cho, Nara, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property)
Kei Gong, Lotus arabesque design, Heian period, 12th century (National Treasure, Lent by Zenrinji, Kyoto)
Waniguchi Gong, Excavated from Miyabuchi, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano, Heian period, dated 1001 (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Takahashi Tamotsu, on exhibit from August 11, 2010)
Bell, With year inscription, Korea, Goryeo dynasty, dated 1107 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Nishiarai-daishi Soujiji, Tokyo)

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Room 15  July 6, 2010 (Tue) - October 3, 2010 (Sun)

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The Tokyo National Museum's collection of Ryukyu cultural items contains a number of items that reflect the vibrancy and character of Ryukyu decorative arts. Items displayed include lacquerware, metalwork, ceramics, pottery, and items of the noro(female ritual officers).
Exhibit includes:
Cinerary Urn, Okinawa Main Island, 18th - 19th century (Gift of Mr. Tsutsumi Satoshi)
Dogin (Inner garment), Amami Oshima Island, 19th century (Gift of Ms. Yamato Ryoko, on exhibit from August 24, 2010)
Ritual Beads Necklace, Amami Oshima Island, 19th century (Gift of Ms. Yamato Ryoko)
Hair Ornament for Common Class Women on Ceremony, Okinawa Main Island, 19th century
Hair Ornament for an Amushirare (Ritual Officer), Amami Oshima Island, 18th century (Gift of Ms. Yamato Ryoko)

 Image of "Historical Collection: Speaking to the Future Series Sekiten - Celebrating Confucius" 
Room 16  September 7, 2010 (Tue) - October 17, 2010 (Sun)

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Sekiten (Shidian in Chinese) is a ceremony to express veneration for Confucius and other important Confucian philosophers and sages. This exhibition features portraits of Confucian figures from Yushima Seido along with illustrations of the ceremony. Other exhibits include Engishiki and works connected with the ceremony, such as a poem by Sanjonishi Sanetaka composed on the occasion of a Sekiten ceremony.
Exhibit includes:
Portraits of Confucianist Masters, By Kano Tsunenobu, Edo period, 17th century
Engishiki (Rules and regulations concerning ceremonies and other events), Heian period, 11th century (National Treasure)
Poem, By Sanjonishi Sanetaka, Muromachi period, dated 1510

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Preserving Our Cultural Properties
Room 17  March 24, 2010 (Wed) - December 12, 2010 (Sun)

The preservation and conservation of cultural properties are essential aspects of our Museum's mission. From this point of view, this room features object research and examination, environmental maintenance of storage and exhibition rooms, and conservation procedures applied in accordance to materials and conditions of the objects.

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Modern Art
Room 18  September 14, 2010 (Tue) - October 24, 2010 (Sun)

This gallery features paintings and sculptures from the Meiji to Taisho period. Since it first opened in 1872 as the exposition venue of the Ministry of Education, Tokyo National Museum has collected important artworks that signify the development of modern Japanese art. The exhibit consists of selected works from the collection.
Current exhibit includes:
Aged Monkey, By Takamura Koun, 1893 (Important Cultural Property)
Dancer, By Hayami Gyoshu, 1920

 Image of "The Takano Collection: Landscape of Grez by Asai Chu" 
Room 18  September 14, 2010 (Tue) - October 24, 2010 (Sun)

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This exhibition focuses on works from Asai's period of study in France, introducing six oil and watercolor paintings produced in Grez-sur-Loing. These works demonstrate the luminosity and lyrical appeal of Asai's paintings of Europe.
Current exhibit includes:
Landscape of Grez-sur-Loing, By Asai Chu, 1901 (Gift of Mr. Takano Tokiji)
Reading, By Asai Chu, 1902 (Gift of Mr. Takano Tokiji)

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Modern Decorative Arts
Room 19  September 7, 2010 (Tue) - December 12, 2010 (Sun)

The museum played a great role in the development of modern Japanese decorative arts. This gallery features exhibits from the National Industrial Exhibitions of the Meiji period, now in the museum collection.
Current exhibit includes:
Box, Autumn rice field design in maki-e lacquer, By Ikeda Taishin, Meiji period, 19th century
Box for Confectionery, Birds design in maki-e lacquer mother-of-pearl inlay, By Shirayama Shosai, Meiji Period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Shirayama Tomimatsu)
Confectionery Box, The four noble flowers and lotus design, By Yoshida Shisui, ca. 1877
Dish, Cypress fan design in overglaze enamel, By Gottfried Wagner (Azuma ware), Meiji period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Ueta Toyokichi)
Dish, Flower and fruit design in overglaze enamel, By Hattori Kyoho, 1874

 Image of "The Four Stages of Ichiboku Sculpture Carving" 
Room 20  June 15, 2010 (Tue) - October 3, 2010 (Sun)

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This display follows a four-step process to create a model of Sho Kannon, an Important Cultural Property from Daigoji Temple in Kyoto.

1st floor

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Room T5  March 24, 2010 (Wed) - March 21, 2011 (Mon)

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This display traces the development of Buddhist statues from Gandhara (Ancient India), China, the Korean Peninsula, and Japan to provide insights about how Buddhist beliefs and statues developed in each region.
Exhibit includes:
Buddha, Gandhara, Pakistan, Kushan dynasty, 2nd - 3rd century
Buddha Triad, China, Eastern Wei dynasty, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)
Buddha, Asuka period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property)

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