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Spring | March-May 2021

Name Dish with "Chinese Flowers", Porcelain with overglaze enamel
Creation Excavation Nabeshima ware
Period Edo period, 17th–18th century
Designation National Treasure
Name Long Sword ("Tachi"), Known as "Dojigiri Yasutsuna"
Creation Excavation By Yasutsuna
Period Heian period, 10th-12th century
Designation Important Cultural Property
Name Bronze Bell ("Dōtaku")
Creation Excavation Found in Toyo'oka City, Hyōgo
Period Yayoi period, 2nd–1st century BC
Designation Important Cultural Property
Name The Bodhisattva Nikkō
Creation Excavation Previously owned by Kinrin-ji Temple and Kōsan-ji Temple, Kyoto
Period Nara period, 8th century
Name Fish Incarnation of Vishnu (Matsya Avatar)
Creation Excavation By the Bikaner school, India
Period First half of 18th 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: The Chapters "The Picture Competition" and "The Butterflies" from "The Tale of Genji" (Detail), By Kanō Osanobu (1796–1846), Edo period, 19th century

Right: Long-Sleeved Robe ("Furisode") with Cherry Blossoms, Wisterias, Chrysanthemums, and Blue Magpies, Edo period, 19th century, Gift of Mrs. Abe Miyoko
The Chapters "The Picture Competition" and "The Butterflies" from "The Tale of Genji" (Detail), By Kanō Osanobu (1796–1846), Edo period, 19th century

Long-Sleeved Robe ("Furisode") with Cherry Blossoms, Wisterias, Chrysanthemums, and Blue Magpies, Edo period, 19th century, Gift of Mrs. Abe Miyoko

 

Summer | June-August 2021

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
Name Sixty-nine Stations of Kiso Kaido Highway: Seba
Creation Excavation By Utagawa Hiroshige
Period Edo period, 19th century
Name Hanging Incense Burner in the Shape of a Flower Basket
Period Edo period, 19th century
Name Poem in Running Script
Creation Excavation By Wang Duo, China
Period Ming-Qing dynasty, 17th century
Acquisition Ownership Gift of Mr. Aoyama San'u
Designation National Treasure
Name Pitcher with Dragon Head
Period Asuka period, 7th 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.

 

Autumn | September-November 2021

Designation Important Cultural Property
Name Saddle, Design of chrysanthemums in mother-of-pearl inlay
Period Kamakura period, 13th-14th century
Name Reliquary
Creation Excavation Reportedly from Subashi, China, Ōtani collection
Period 6th-7th century
Designation Important Cultural Property
Name Flowers and Birds of the Four Seasons (Detail)
Creation Excavation Attributed to Sesshu Toyo
Period Muromachi period, 15th century
Designation Important Cultural Property
Name "Dōmaru" Type Armor with lacing in "kashidori" style, Red at shoulders
Creation Excavation Passed down by the Akita clan, lords of Miharu domain, Mutsu province
Period Muromachi period, 15th century
Acquisition Ownership Gift of Mr. Akita Kazusue
Designation Important Cultural Property
Name Maiko Girl
Creation Excavation By Kuroda Seiki
Period 1893
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 2021-February 2022

Designation Important Art Object
Name Octagonal Stupa
Creation Excavation Reportedly found in Gwangyang, Korea
Period Unified Silla dynasty, 8th–9th century
Acquisition Ownership Gift of the Ogura Foundation
Designation Important Cultural Property
Name Jar for Tea Leaves with the Moon and Plum Blossoms
Creation Excavation Studio of Ninsei
Period Edo period, 17th century
Designation Important Cultural Property
Name Tomb Sculpture ("Haniwa"): Boat
Creation Excavation Found at Saitobaru Burial Mounds, Miyazaki
Period Kofun period, 5th century
Designation National Treasure
Name The Collection of Japanese Poems Ancient and Modern (Gen'ei Era Version), Vol. 2
Period Heian period, 12th century
Acquisition Ownership Gift of Mr. Mitsui Takahiro
Name "Karaori" (Noh costume), Design of haze, chrysanthemums, and fan papers on a light brown, red, and green checkered ground
Creation Excavation Formerly passed down by the Konparu troupe
Period Edo period, 18th 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.

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

National Treasure: Frolicking Animals

The National Treasure Frolicking Animals is one of the most famous works in the history of Japanese painting. It depicts the activities of anthropomorphized animals and people in energetic monochrome ink lines. All scenes from all four volumes of Frolicking Animals will be on view during the exhibition period. They will be displayed alongside fragments separated from the main scrolls and copies of scenes now lost to the originals. The exhibition also features selected treasures from Kosan-ji’s collection, including the Important Cultural Property Seated Sculpture of Priest Myoe, an image usually off limits to the public. These convey the allure of Myoe and Kosan-ji.

Reopening from Wednesday, 14 May 2021

 
Frolicking Animals, Fragment (Tokyo National Museum version) (Detail), Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property)

 

Sacred Treasures from Ancient Nara: The Eleven-Headed Kannon of Shōrinji Temple

The Eleven-Headed Kannon (National Treasure) of Shōrinji Temple (Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture) is an impressive example of Buddhist sculpture created during the Tenpyō era (729–749) and a highlight of Japanese Buddhist art. The Eleven-Headed Kannon was housed at Ōmiwa Shrine in Nara's Sakurai City until the Edo period (1603–1868). Sakurai City is home to other Buddhist sites and statues, such as the Bodhisattva Jizō (National Treasure), which is now preserved at Hōryūji Temple. Ōmiwa Shrine was originally a Shinto shrine and has no main hall to house statues; instead its activities have long been based on a reverence for nature, in particular a local sacred mountain, called Mount Miwa. From the Nara period (710–794) onwards, the shrine was influenced by Buddhism, and a sub-temple (Ōmiwa Temple, later renamed Daigorinji Temple) was built and Buddhist statues were created there.
    The lineup of this exhibition includes Buddhist statues that were originally located at Daigorinji Temple, along with objects excavated from off-limit areas of Mount Miwa that highlight the reverence for nature practiced at Ōmiwa Shrine. This long-awaited exhibition marks the first time the cultural masterpiece the Eleven-Headed Kannon will be exhibited in Tokyo.

 
Eleven-Headed Kannon (Detail), Nara period, 8th century, Shōrinji Temple, Nara (National Treasure)

 

The 1400th Memorial for Prince Shōtoku
HŌRYŪJI
Prince Shōtoku and Treasures of Early Buddhist Faith in Japan

Hōryūji Temple is said to have been founded in 607 (Suiko 15) by Empress Suiko (554–628) and Prince Shōtoku (574–622) in what is now Nara Prefecture. Prince Shōtoku earnestly sought after Buddhist truths and built the foundation for the future of Japanese culture. His achievements include establishing a system of twelve courtly ranks and promulgating a set of ethical mores that came to be known as the "Seventeen Article Constitution." After his death, Prince Shōtoku was semi-deified and gained an active religious following. The figure of Prince Shōtoku that we inherit today is this coalescence of history, mythology, and faith.
    The year 2021 marks the 1,400th anniversary of Prince Shōtoku's passing, and this exhibition is held to commemorate this occasion. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn of Prince Shōtoku's accomplishments as they take in the beauty of the many treasures passed down at the temple he founded.

 
"Prince Shōtoku" from Prince Shōtoku and Attendants, Heian period, 1121 (Hōan 2), Hōryūji, Nara (National Treasure)
Commemorating the 1200th Anniversary of Saichō’s Death
Buddhist Art of the Tendai School

The year 2021 marks the 1,200th anniversary of the death of the monk Saichō (767–822). Saichō was particularly moved by the doctrine of the Lotus Sutra, which taught that all humans were fundamentally equal. Based on this concept, he founded the Tendai school of Buddhism in Japan and spread its teachings throughout the country. Saichō also founded a temple, called Enryakuji, which produced many eminent monks. The effects of their teachings sent ripples through Japanese culture that are still felt today.
    This exhibition introduces the history of Tendai Buddhism, beginning with its founding at Enryakuji Temple and ending with the founding of Kan'eiji Temple in Edo (now Tokyo) during a period in which the school held strong ties with the samurai government of the Edo period (1603–1868). The exhibition will showcase cultural works that bear unique traits from the regions in which they were treasured and passed down, and also present objects that reflect the spirit of the Lotus Sutra's radical tenet that all people can achieve salvation.

 
"Saichō" from Prince Shōtoku and Eminent Tendai Monks, Heian period, 11th century, Ichijō-ji Temple, Hyōgo (National Treasure)
On exhibit through November 7, 2021 (Sun)

 

National Treasure Gallery

Exceptional work of painting and calligraphy designated as National Treasure will be exhibit on this Gallery.

Designation Name Creation Excavation Period Acquisition
Ownership
Room On exhibit
National Treasure The Bodhisattva Kokūzō   Heian period, 12th century   Room 2,
Honkan
3/16/2021–4/11/2021
National Treasure Illustrations and Explanations of the Three Jewels   Kamakura period, 1273 (Bun'ei 10)   Room 2,
Honkan
4/13/2021–5/9/2021
National Treasure Illustrated Biography of the Priest Ippen, Vol. 7 By Priest En’i Kamakura period, 1299 (Shoan 1)   Room 2,
Honkan
5/11/2021–6/13/2021
National Treasure Record of a Poetry Contest at the Empress' Palace in the Kanpyō Era Attributed to Imperial Prince Munetaka Heian period, 11th century   Room 2,
Honkan
6/15/2021–7/11/2021
National Treasure Narrative Picture Scroll of the Chronicle of the Heiji Civil War: The Removal of the Imperial Family to Rokuhara   Kamakura period, 13th century Gift of Mr. Matsudaira Naoaki Room 2,
Honkan
7/13/2021–8/1/2021
National Treasure Landscape   Kamakura period, 13th century Lent by Jingoji Temple, Kyoto Room 2,
Honkan
8/3/2021–9/5/2021
National Treasure Rasetsuten, One of the Twelve Devas   Heian period, 9th century Lent by Saidaiji Temple, Nara Room 2,
Honkan
9/7/2021–10/3/2021
National Treasure Fujiwara no Mitsuyoshi (Presumed)   Kamakura period, 13th century Lent by Jingoji Temple, Kyoto Room 2,
Honkan
10/5/2021–10/31/2021
National Treasure The Autumn Bush Clover Scroll Attributed to Ono no Tōfū (894–966) and Fujiwara no Kōzei (972–1027) Heian period, 11th–12th century   Room 2,
Honkan
11/2/2021–11/28/2021
National Treasure Selected Poems of Bai Juyi By Fujiwara no Kōzei (972–1027) Heian period, 1018 (Kannin 2)   Room 2,
Honkan
11/30/2021–12/25/2021
National Treasure Pine Trees By Hasegawa Tōhaku (1539–1610) Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century   Room 2,
Honkan
1/2/2022–1/16/2022
National Treasure The Third Arhat, One of the Sixteen Arhats   Heian period, 11th century   Room 2,
Honkan
1/18/2022–2/13/2022
National Treasure Suiten, One of the Twelve Devas   Heian period, 9th century Lent by Saidaiji Temple, Nara Room 2,
Honkan
2/15/2022–3/13/2022
National Treasure The Sixteenth Arhat, One of the Sixteen Arhats   Heian period, 11th century   Room 2,
Honkan
3/15/2022–4/10/2022

 

Events

 
Event Venue Date
Cultural Exchange Day for Foreign Students 2021   Under planning
Tohaku Kids Day Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Under planning

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