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Finding Cherry Blossom in the Japanese Gallery (Honkan)

Finding Cherry Blossom in the Japanese Gallery (Honkan) / Japanese Gallery (Honkan)    March 17, 2015 (Tue) - April 12, 2015 (Sun)

 Image of "Mount Yoshino (detail), By Watanabe Shiko, Edo period, 18th century" 
Mount Yoshino (detail), By Watanabe Shiko, Edo period, 18th century

To coincide with the spring opening of the Museum Garden (Saturday, March 17 - Sunday, April 19, 2015), many artworks featuring cherry blossom are on display in each room of the Honkan. Come and enjoy the various expressions of cherry blossom depicted in ancient and modern masterpieces.

During the period of “Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum” (Tuesday, March 17 - Sunday, April 12, 2015), we are holding a cherry-blossom stamp rally. If visitors collect the stamps at 5 points within the Honkan galleries, they will be eligible to receive an original pin-back button. (You can exchange the stamps for it at the entrance of Honkan from 10:00 to closing time.)

 

National Treasure Gallery

Merrymaking Under Blossom Trees

Merrymaking Under Blossom Trees (left hand screen)
By Kano Naganobu, Edo period, 17th century (National Treasure)
Room 2, March 17 - April 12, 2015

This pair of screens depicts a scene of cherry-blossom viewing. The left-hand screen features a young nobleman watching colorfully dressed men and women dancing from the veranda of a temple.

 

 

Buddhist Art: Heian - Muromachi period

Tengu zoshi emaki (Stories about conceited monks), Toji and Daigoji Version

Tengu zoshi emaki (Stories about conceited monks), Toji and Daigoji Version (detail)
Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property)
Room 3, February 24 - April 5, 2015

This illustrated scroll criticizes the arrogance of Buddhist monks at the time by using long-nosed tengu goblins as metaphors.

 

 

Courtly Art: Heian - Muromachi period

Parody of Aging as a walk on Oinosaka Slope

Parody of Aging as a walk on Oinosaka Slope (detail)
Artist unkown, Kamakura period, 14th century
Room 3, February 24 - April 5, 2015

This painting compares human life to the climbing of a mountain.
So what is a human lifetime? This thought-provoking work gives each viewer something to ponder.

 

 

Folding Screens and Sliding Door Paintings: Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period

Mount Yoshino

Mount Yoshino (left hand screen)
By Watanabe Shiko, Edo period, 18th century (Private collection)
Room 7, March 10 - April 19, 2015

 

 

 

The Arts of Daily Life: Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period

Tea Caddy, Drooping cherry design in maki-e lacquer

Tea Caddy, Drooping cherry design in maki-e lacquer
Edo period, 17th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)
Room 8, February 24 - April 19, 2015

This is a representative example of tea caddies known as Saga natsume, which were made by anonymous craftsmen in Kyoto during the Momoyama and early Edo periods. The designs covering the surface are skillfully rendered, and without being confined to detail they present a relaxed style.

 

 

Developments in Painting and Calligraphy: Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period

Cherry Tree and Spring Plants

Cherry Tree and Spring Plants
By Ogata Kenzan, Edo period, 18th century (Gift of Mrs. Yamamoto Tomiko and Mr. Yamamoto Kenji)
Room 8, March 10 - April 19, 2015

 

 

 

Noh and Kabuki

Furisode (Garment with long sleeves), Cherry blossom and stream design on red chirimen crepe ground

Furisode (Garment with long sleeves), Cherry blossom and stream design on red chirimen crepe ground
Formerly used by Bando Mitsue, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Ms. Takagi Kiyo)
Room 9, March 17 - May 17, 2015

This costume is believed to have been used for the role of Yaegakihime in the drama "Honcho Nijushiko".
The embroidered or appliquéd designs are padded with cotton to create three-dimensional and ornamental effects.

 

 

Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Fashion

Furisode (Garment with long Sleeves), Weeping cherry, chrysanthemum, and tanzaku paperdesign on light-blue and brown crepe

Furisode (Garment with long Sleeves), Weeping cherry, chrysanthemum, and tanzaku paperdesign on light-blue and brown crepe
Edo period, 18th century
Room 10, March 17 - May 17, 2015

Designed to be worn during two seasons, this furisode garment features a spring pattern from the hips up, and an autumn pattern from the hips down. This split-pattern style was popular from the mid to late Edo period, when women enjoyed tying their sashes with a variety of knots – providing a wide area that clearly separated the two designs.

 

 

Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Ukiyo-e

One Hundred Famous Places of Edo: Suijin Shrine and Massaki by the Sumida River

One Hundred Famous Places of Edo: Suijin Shrine and Massaki by Sumida River
By Utagawa Hiroshige, Edo period, dated 1856
Room 10, March 17 - April 12, 2015

 

 

 

 Lacquerware

Cabinet, Mount Yoshino design in maki-e lacquer

Cabinet, Mount Yoshino design in maki-e lacquer
By Kajikawa, Edo period-Meiji era, 19th century
Room 12, February 10 - May 6, 2015

 

 

 

Ceramics

Bowl, Cherry tree design in openwork and overglaze enamel

Bowl, Cherry tree design in openwork and overglaze enamel
By Nin'nami Dohachi, Edo period, 19th century
Room 13, March 17 - May 10, 2015

 

 

 

Modern Art

Cherry Blossom Under Misty Moon

Cherry Blossom Under Misty Moon
By Konoshima Okoku, Showa era, 20th century (Gift of Mrs. Nagai Yoshiko)
Room 18, March 17 - April 19, 2015

 

 

 

Related Events

<Other Events>   Museum Garden Opening (Spring)
The Garden   March 17, 2015 (Tue) - April 19, 2015 (Sun)   10:00 - 16:00 *March 27 and April 5, open until 19:30  
Japanese Gallery (Honkan)   March 17, 2015 (Tue) - April 12, 2015 (Sun)
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