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Special Exhibitions

The 30th Anniversary of the Enthronement
Cultural Exchanges of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress: Sharing the Beauty of Japan
March 5, 2019 (Tue)–April 29, 2019 (Mon)

花鳥十二ヶ月図(4月・部分) 酒井抱一筆 江戸時代・文政6年(1823) 宮内庁三の丸尚蔵館蔵

This exhibition features artworks connected to the Imperial Family from the collections of the Imperial Household Agency. These artworks include the folding screens, Poetry and Genre Scenes from Yuki and Suki Provinces for Daijosai (Grand Thanksgiving Festival after the Enthronement), which were created by Higashiyama Kaii and Takayama Tatsuo in 1990 for a ceremony held upon the enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor Akihito. The exhibition also displays Japanese works introduced by Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan on their visits to foreign countries. The Japanese culture conveyed by Their Majesties deepened the world's understanding of Japan and further promoted international exchanges with our country. In a year that marks the 30th anniversary of the enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor Akihito, this exhibition introduces the cultural exchange undertaken by Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan.

Photo:Birds and Flowers of the Twelve Months, By Sakai Hoitsu, Edo period, dated 1823, Sannomaru Shozokan (The Museum of the Imperial Collections), Imperial Household Agency (On exhibit from April 2 to April 29, 2019)




National Treasures of To-ji Temple; Kukai and the Sculpture Mandala
March 26, 2019 (Tue)–June 2, 2019 (Sun)

国宝 帝釈天騎象像 平安時代・承和6年(839) 東寺蔵

This comprehensive exhibition will present cultural properties handed down at To-ji, with a focus on the numerous treasured articles associated with Kukai himself. The Lecture Hall of To-ji houses Kukai’s sculpture mandala, a three-dimensional representation of the pantheon of Shingon Buddhism. This exhibition will feature an unprecedented 15 of the mandala’s 21 sculptures, including 11 National Treasures and 4 Important Cultural Properties. Other magnificent sculptures and paintings, as well as works of calligraphy and decorative art representing the pinnacle of artistic expression in Esoteric Buddhism will also be displayed. We invite you to witness these priceless objects, passed down together with the teachings of Kukai for nearly 1,200 years at To-ji temple.

Photo:Taishakuten (Indra) Riding an Elephant, Heian period, dated 839 (To-ji Temple, Kyoto, National Treasure)




Masterpieces of Japanese Art: From Sesshu and Eitoku to Korin and Hokusai
May 3, 2019 (Fri)–June 2, 2019 (Sun)

国宝 檜図屏風(部分) 狩野永徳筆 安土桃山時代・天正18年(1590) 

This special exhibition is being held as part of the “TSUMUGU PROJECT: Inheriting the Beauty of Japan”, a project that aims to protect and pass on the beauty of Japan that is inherent in the masterpieces of the Imperial Collections and National Treasures. The exhibition brings together superlative artworks by famous Japanese artists, including Sesshu Toyo, Ogata Korin, and Katsushika Hokusai. Furthermore, a masterpiece associated with the Imperial Family, Chinese Lions by Kano Eitoku, and the National Treasure, Cypress Trees, also by Eitoku in his final years, will be exhibited together throughout the entire exhibition period. We invite visitors to enjoy these renowned masterpieces of Japanese art, which stretch from the Heian period to the early modern period.

Photo:Cypress Trees (detail), By Kano Eitoku, Azuchi-Momoyama period, dated 1590 (Tokyo National Museum, National Tresure)




Regular Exhibition

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Title Venue Date
Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum Honkan
Journey through Asia at the Tokyo National Museum Toyokan
New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum Honkan
Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum Honkan

National Treasure GalleryPage Top

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

Designation Name Creation Excavation Period Acquisition
Room On exhibit
National Treasure List of Ritual Objects for Esoteric Buddhism Brought from China by Priest Saicho By Saicho Heian period, dated 811 (Konin 2) Lent by Enryakuji, Shiga Room 2,
National Treasure Senju Kannon(Sahasrabhuja)   Heian period, 12th century   Room 2, Honkan 2019/5/14–
National Treasure Engishiki (Rules and regulations concerning ceremonies and other events), Volume 12 and 16   Heian period, 11th century   Room 2, Honkan 2019/6/4–
National Treasure Gaki zoshi (Scroll of hungry ghosts)   Heian period, 12th century   Room 2, Honkan 2019/7/9–
National Treasure The Six Realms: The Animal Realm and The Asura Realm   Kamakura period, 13th century Lent by Shojuraigoji, Shiga Room 2, Honkan 2019/8/6–
National Treasure Jeweled Pagoda Mandara, Vols. 1 and 4, Sovereign Kings of the Golden Light Sutra written in gold to form the pagoda   Heian period, 12th century Lent by Daichojuin, Iwate Room 2, Honkan 2019/9/3–
National Treasure Sixteen Arhats: Seventh and Tenth Arhats   Heian period, 11th century   Room 2, Honkan 2019/10/1–
National Treasure Gunsho chiyo (C. Qunshu zhiyao) Volume 26   Heian period, 11th century   Room 2, Honkan 2019/10/29–
National Treasure Lotus Sutra, Kanji hon chapter   Kamakura period, 13th century Lent by Jikoji, Saitama Room 2, Honkan 2019/11/26–
National Treasure Pine Trees By Hasegawa Tohaku Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century   Room 2, Honkan 2020/1/2–
National Treasure Hut by Mountain Stream Inscription by Taihaku Shingen, dated 1413 Poetic inscriptions by six Zen monks including Daigaku Shusu Muromachi period, 15th century Lent by Konchi-in, Kyoto Room 2, Honkan 2020/1/15–
National Treasure Priest Emon Daishi   Heian period,11th century   Room 2, Honkan 2020/2/11–
National Treasure Twelve Devas: Fu Ten (Vayu)   Heian period, 9th century Lent by Saidaiji, Nara Room 2, Honkan 2020/2/26–
National Treasure Sixteen Arhats: Second and Fourteenth Arhats   Heian period, 11th century   Room 2, Honkan 2020/3/10–

Other EventsPage Top

Title Venue Date
Museum Garden Opening (Spring)
The Garden 2019/3/12 – 2019/5/19
2020/3/13 – 2020/5/10(tentative date)
Museum Garden Opening (Autumn)
The Garden 2019/10/29 – 2019/12/8
TNM Kids Day Honkan 2019/8/4
Cultural Exchange Day for Foreign Students Premises-Honkan, Heiseikan, Okyokan and Kujokan (The Garden), etc. 2019/11/3