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Masterpieces of Japanese Art: From Sesshu and Eitoku to Korin and Hokusai

  • Image of "Cypress Trees (detail), By Kano Eitoku, Azuchi-Momoyama period, dated 1590 (Tokyo National Museum, National Tresure)"

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

    Japanese Gallery (Honkan) T5, T4, T2 & T1
    May 3, 2019 (Fri) - June 2, 2019 (Sun)

    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.


    Highlights of the Exhibition

    General Information

About the Exhibitions and Highlights

Major works in this exhibition

Chinese Lions
Right: By Kano Eitoku, Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century
Left: By Kano Tsunenobu, Edo period, 17th century
Sannomaru Shozokan (The Museum of the Imperial Collections)
Cypress Trees
By Kano Eitoku, Azuchi-Momoyama period, dated 1590 (Tokyo National Museum, National Treasure)
秋冬山水図 秋冬山水図
Autumn and Winter Landscapes
By Sesshu Toyo
Muromachi period, late 15th–early 16th century
(Tokyo National Museum, National Treasure)
Flowers, Birds and Fish
By Nagasawa Rosetsu, Edo period, 18th century
(Agency for Cultural Affairs)
Sarashina Nikki, Memoirs of Sugawara no Takasue's Daughter
By Fujiwara no Sadaie, Kamakura period, 13th century, Sannomaru Shozokan
(The Museum of the Imperial Collections)
色絵若松図茶壺 色絵若松図茶壺
Tea Leaf Jar with Young Pine Design in Overglaze Enamel
By Ninsei
Edo period, 17th century
(Agency for Cultural Affairs, Important Cultural Property)



General Information

Period Friday, May 3 - Sunday, June 2, 2019
Venue Honkan Room T5, T4, T2 and T1, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)
Hours 9:30 - 17:00
Fridays, Saturdays, until 21:00
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Closed Mondays (Except for Monday, May 6) and Tuesday, May 7
Admission Adults: 1100 (1000) yen
University students: 700 (600) yen
High school students: 400 (300) yen
Junior high school students and under: Free 
* Prices shown in parentheses indicate advance and group (more than 20 persons) discount tickets.
* Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each (please present an ID at the ticket booth).

Advance tickets will be on sale at the museum ticket booths (during museum opening hours excluding the last 30 minutes) and other major ticketing agencies from January 18 to May 2, 2019.

* Tickets to this exhibition include one admission to the regular exhibitions on the date of entry.
Access 10 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station
15 minutes' walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station
Organizers Tokyo National Museum, Agency for Cultural Affairs, The Yomiuri Shimbun
With the Cooperation of The Imperial Household Agency
With the Special Sponsorship of Canon Inc., Suntory Holdings Limited, Shiseido Company, Limited,
East Japan Railway Company, Sekisui House, Ltd., Takashimaya Co., Ltd.,
JAPAN TOBACCO INC., Nomura Holdings Inc., Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.,
MITSUBISHI ESTATE Co., Ltd., Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd.
With the Sponsorship of JTB Corp., Takenaka Corporation,
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd,
Mitsubishi Corporation
General Inquiries 03-5777-8600  (Hello Dial)
Exhibition Website https://tsumugu-exhibition2019.jp/ (in Japanese)