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Finding Cherry Blossoms in the Jananese Gallery (Honkan)

  • Image of "Merrymaking under Blossom Trees(detail), By Kano Naganobu, Edo period, 17th century (National Treasure)"

    Merrymaking under Blossom Trees(detail), By Kano Naganobu, Edo period, 17th century (National Treasure)

    Japanese Gallery (Honkan)
    March 14, 2017 (Tue) - April 9, 2017 (Sun)

    To coincide with the Springtime Opening of the Museum Garden (Tuesday, March 14 - Sunday, May 7, 2017), many artworks featuring cherry blossom are on display in the Japanese Gallery. 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 14 - Sunday, April 9, 2017), 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 button badge. (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(detail)
By Kano Naganobu
Edo period, 17th century
National Treasure
Room 2, March 14 - April 9, 2017



Courtly Art: Heian - Muromachi period


Genre Scenes of the Twelve Months(detail)
Muromachi period, 16th century
Important Cultural Property     
Room 3, March 22 - April 23, 2017



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

Scenes from The Tale of Genji (Wakana-no-jo Chapter)
Attributed to Tosa Mitsunori
Edo period, 17th century
Private collection
Room 7, March 22 - April 23, 2017


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


Lobed Bowl, Cherry blossom and maple tree design in overglaze enamel
By Nin'nami Dohachi
Edo period, 19th century
Room 8, January 31 - April 16, 2017



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


Auspicious Desires on Land and Sea: Wanting to View the Cherry Blossoms
By Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Edo period, dated 1852
Room 10, March 22 - April 16, 2017



Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Fashion

小袖 紅綸子地八重桜土筆蒲公英燕模様

Kosode (Garment with small wrist openings), Double cherry blossom, horsetail, dandelion, and swallow design on red figured satin ground
Edo period, 19th century
Room 10, February 28 - April 16, 2017



Japanese Sculpture


Standing Fudo Myo'o (Acalanatha)
Heian period, 11th century
Gift of Mr. Okano Tetsusaku
Room 11, February 7 - April 16, 2017




重要文化財 初瀬山蒔絵硯箱

Writing Box, Mount Hatsuse design in maki-e lacquer
Muromachi - Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century
Room 12, March 22 - June 18, 2017


Japanese Swords


Sword Guard, Cherry tree and stream design in openwork
By Kanpei
Edo period, 17th century
Gift of Mrs. Nohara Hideko
Room 13, February 14 - April 23, 2017



Modern Art


Cherry Blossom Under Misty Moon
By Konoshima Okoku
Showa era, 20th century
Gift of Mrs. Nagai Yoshiko
Room 18, March 7 - April 16, 2017



Related Events

The Garden   March 14, 2017 (Tue) - May 7, 2017 (Sun)   10:00 - 16:00 *March 31, April 1, 7, and 8, open until 19:30   RESERVE_DAY
Japanese Gallery (Honkan)   March 14, 2017 (Tue) - April 9, 2017 (Sun)   9:30-17:00 * Fridays and Saturdays on March open until 20:00, Sundays on April open until 18:00
* April 1, April 7 and April 8, open until 21:00 (Last entry 30 minutes before closing)