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Spring | March-May 2022

Designation Important Art Object
Name Clay Figurine: Boar
Creation Excavation Found in Tsugaru City, Aomori
Period Jōmon period, 2000–400 BC
Designation Important Cultural Property
Name Armor ("Dōmaru") with Black Lacing, Horizontal and Triangular Patterns
Period Muromachi period, 15th century
Name Beauty Looking Back
Creation Excavation By Hishikawa Moronobu
Period Edo period, 17th century
Designation Important Cultural Property
Name Square Dish with a Chinese Poet Watching Seagulls
Creation Excavation By Ogata Kōrin and Kenzan
Period Edo period, 18th century
Designation Important Cultural Property
Name "Kosode" (Garment with small wrist openings) Design of abalone strips and wisterias on a parti-colored white and reddish black figured-satin ground
Period Edo period, 17th century
Regular Exhibitions

The regular exhibitions consist of our own collection and works that have been trustfully on deposit. The objects on display are changed depending on the material and condition. Amongst all the exhibits, especially painting, calligraphy, textile and lacquerware are sensitive to the extent that they have to be changed every 4 to 8 weeks.

 
Special Exhibitions

Special exhibitions are large-scale exhibitions with fixed themes, which are held about 5 times a year. Depending on the theme, we gather exhibits from all over Japan, and from all over the world at the Tokyo National Museum.

 
Museum Garden

A large garden on the north side of Honkan adds seasonal color to the Tokyo National Museum, rich in flowers of each season. The five historic teahouses within the garden can be booked for tea ceremonies and other events, such as Haiku gatherings.

10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

*Please note that the area may be closed or restricted due to bad weather or maintenance.
*The teahouses cannot be entered.

Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum

Cherry blossoms can only be seen for a few days each year and are a well-known symbol of spring in Japan. The annual event "Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum" features famous works of art celebrating cherry blossoms.

Left: Cherry Blossom Viewing (detail), By Sumiyoshi Gukei, Edo period, 17th century
Right: Dishes with Cherry Trees, Nabeshima ware, Edo period, 18th century
Cherry Blossom Viewing (detail), By Sumiyoshi Gukei, Edo period, 17th century

Dishes with Cherry Trees, Nabeshima ware, Edo period, 18th century

 

Summer | June-August 2022

Name One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Evening Shower at Ohashi
Creation Excavation By Utagawa Hiroshige
Period Edo period, dated 1857

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Designation Important Cultural Property
Name Four Fragments of a Sash
Period Asuka period, 7th century
Name Bodhisattva
Period Asuka period, 7th century

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Name Morning Glories and Puppies
Creation Excavation By Maruyama Okyo
Period Edo period, dated 1784 (Tenmei 4)
Name Cabinet and "Sarira" (Buddhist relics) Container Lotus pond design in "maki-e" lacquer
Creation Excavation Cabinet lacquering by Igarashi; cabinet engraving by Doen; container by Goto Teijo
Period Edo period, dated 1672 (Kanbun 12)
Regular Exhibitions

The regular exhibitions consist of our own collection and works that have been trustfully on deposit. The objects on display are changed depending on the material and condition. Amongst all the exhibits, especially painting, calligraphy, textile and lacquerware are sensitive to the extent that they have to be changed every 4 to 8 weeks.

 
Special Exhibitions

Special exhibitions are large-scale exhibitions with fixed themes, which are held about 5 times a year. Depending on the theme, we gather exhibits from all over Japan, and from all over the world at the Tokyo National Museum.

 
Museum Garden

A large garden on the north side of Honkan adds seasonal color to the Tokyo National Museum, rich in flowers of each season. The five historic teahouses within the garden can be booked for tea ceremonies and other events, such as Haiku gatherings.

10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

*Please note that the area may be closed or restricted due to bad weather or maintenance.
*The teahouses cannot be entered.

Museum Garden SummerMuseum Garden Summer

 

Autumn | September-November 2022

Name Nashiji lacquer
Period Edo period, 17th century.
Designation Important Cultural Property
Name Insects and Bamboo
Creation Excavation Attributed to Zhao Chang
Period Southern Song dynasty, 13th century
Designation Important Cultural Property
Name Old Monkey
Creation Excavation By Takamura Kōun
Period Meiji era, 1893
Acquisition Ownership Gift of Japan Delegate Office for World's Columbian Exposition
Designation Important Cultural Property
Name "Atsuita" (Noh costume) Poem design on red and gold "katamigawari" (color differing in halves) ground
Creation Excavation Formerly owned by the Konparu troupe
Period Edo period, 17th century
Name Articulated Spiny Lobster
Creation Excavation By Myōchin Munekiyo
Period Edo period, 18th–19th century
Regular Exhibitions

The regular exhibitions consist of our own collection and works that have been trustfully on deposit. The objects on display are changed depending on the material and condition. Amongst all the exhibits, especially painting, calligraphy, textile and lacquerware are sensitive to the extent that they have to be changed every 4 to 8 weeks.

 
Special Exhibitions

Special exhibitions are large-scale exhibitions with fixed themes, which are held about 5 times a year. Depending on the theme, we gather exhibits from all over Japan, and from all over the world at the Tokyo National Museum.

 
Museum Garden

A large garden on the north side of Honkan adds seasonal color to the Tokyo National Museum, rich in flowers of each season. The five historic teahouses within the garden can be booked for tea ceremonies and other events, such as Haiku gatherings.

10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

*Please note that the area may be closed or restricted due to bad weather or maintenance.
*The teahouses cannot be entered.

Journey through Asia at the Tokyo National Museum

We will hold a special autumn fest, "Journey through Asia at the Tokyo National Museum," which was very popular last year, again this year! This fest features various fun events related to Asia, in addition to the regular exhibitions showcasing must-see artworks from East Asia. The beauty of East Asian art will be presented to the fullest.

 

Winter | December 2022-February 2023

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Name Banner with a Bodhisattva
Creation Excavation Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, China, Pelliot collection
Period Tang dynasty, 9th century
Acquisition Ownership Acquired through exchange with the Guimet Museum
Designation National Treasure
Name Volume 2 of the "Collection of Japanese Poems Ancient and Modern" (Gen'ei Era Version)
Period Heian period, 12th century
Acquisition Ownership Gift of Mr. Mitsui Takahiro
Designation Important Cultural Property
Name Lakeside
Creation Excavation By Kuroda Seiki
Period 1897 (Meiji 30)
Name Exquisite Flowers from the Realm of Immortals: Chinese Mallows and Hydrangeas
Creation Excavation By Itō Jakuchū
Period Edo period, 1768 (Meiwa 5)

Name Wayang Kulit: Adipati Karna
Creation Excavation Central Java, Indonesia
Period Second half of 20th century
Acquisition Ownership Gift of Mr. Taeda Tsuyoshi
Regular Exhibitions

The regular exhibitions consist of our own collection and works that have been trustfully on deposit. The objects on display are changed depending on the material and condition. Amongst all the exhibits, especially painting, calligraphy, textile and lacquerware are sensitive to the extent that they have to be changed every 4 to 8 weeks.

 
 
Special Exhibitions

Special exhibitions are large-scale exhibitions with fixed themes, which are held about 5 times a year. Depending on the theme, we gather exhibits from all over Japan, and from all over the world at the Tokyo National Museum.

 
Museum Garden

A large garden on the north side of Honkan adds seasonal color to the Tokyo National Museum, rich in flowers of each season. The five historic teahouses within the garden can be booked for tea ceremonies and other events, such as Haiku gatherings.

10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

*Please note that the area may be closed or restricted due to bad weather or maintenance.
*The teahouses cannot be entered.

New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum

To celebrate the New Year, we will hold a thematic exhibition featuring works of art with tiger motifs, display selected masterpieces, and more. Have a wonderful start to the New Year at the Tokyo National Museum!

 

Special Exhibitions

The Saint Kūya and Rokuharamitsuji Temple

The year 2022 marks the 1050th anniversary of the death of the Buddhist saint Kūya. The oldest surviving sculpture of Kūya is said to be the principal image of Rokuharamitsuji Temple (called Saikōji Temple at the time of its founding) in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto. This realistic image, which shows Kūya chanting the devotional Nembutsu phrase while walking, was carved by Kōshō, son of the master sculptor Unkei. Rokuharamitsuji Temple is also closely connected to Unkei’s pupils, and home to a sculpture of the bodhisattva Jizō by Unkei himself.
The Saint Kūya and Rokuharamitsuji Temple brings together masterpieces of Buddhist sculpture from the Heian and Kamakura periods, including Kōshō’s image of Kūya, Four Heavenly Kings carved at the time of the founding of Rokuharamitsuji Temple, and a Jizō sculpture said to have been carved by the master sculptor Jōchō.

 
Standing Saint Kūya
By Kōshō, Kamakura period, 13th century  Rokuharamitsuji Temple, Kyoto
(Important Cultural Property)
Special Exhibition Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Okinawa's Reversion to Japan RYUKYU

2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan. Once a kingdom named Ryukyu with a unique history and culture, Okinawa began modernizing in the Meiji era (1868–1912) and later suffered hardships because of the Second World War. However, it has continuously striven to pass its history and culture down to future generations. Through fascinating cultural properties, this comprehensive exhibition explores the founding of the Ryukyu Kingdom in Asia, the formation and legacy of its unique culture, and the region’s postwar recovery.

 

Tokyo National Museum is home to one of Japan’s largest collections of works associated with Ryukyu. Many were purchased from Okinawa Prefecture during the Meiji era while others were later donated to the Museum. The Museum conducts research on Ryukyu’s history and culture, and shares its findings through exhibitions. An iconic example of its efforts was the special exhibition History and Culture of Okinawa Islands, which was held at the Museum in 1992, the 20th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan. Building on this past success, RYUKYU is the largest exhibition about the magnificent history and culture of this region.

 
Tamanchābui royal crown with ornamental hairpin (from the documents related to the royal Shō family)
Naha City Museum of History, Okinawa
(National Treasure)
On exhibit from May 3, 2022 to May 15, 2022
 
Tokyo National Museum: Its History and National Treasures

Planned in celebration of Tokyo National Museum’s 150th anniversary, this exhibition will comprehensively introduce the Museum through its masterpieces and historical records, including all eighty-nine National Treasures. Approximately 150 artworks and other objects will be exhibited in two parts

“Part One: The National Treasures of Tokyo National Museum” will showcase eighty-nine National Treasures, with rotations midway. This kind of exhibition has never been attempted in the Museum’s 150-year history and promises to be a historic event worthy of this anniversary year. “Part Two: 150 Years at Tokyo National Museum” will present the Museum’s history—which is synonymous with museum history in Japan—through artworks, records, reproduction exhibits, and videos from the past, with two rotations midway.

Tokyo National Museum is the oldest and largest museum in Japan. In addition to displaying many important artworks, this exhibition will introduce the Museum from multiple angles, such as by presenting its efforts to conserve and exhibit tangible cultural heritage. With an engaging format and exhibition space, Tokyo National Museum: Its History and National Treasures will be a stage for new discoveries for regular and first-time visitors alike.

 
Collection of Rare Exhibits from Ancient and Modern Times (detail)
Ichiyōsai Kuniteru, 1872