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KIMONO: Fashioning Identities

KIMONO: Fashioning Identities / Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries   June 30, 2020 (Tue) - August 23, 2020 (Sun)

  
Kosode (Kimono) with Waves and Mandarin Ducks, Edo period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property)

Timed-entry tickets (timed tickets)
All tickets will be timed-entry tickets (timed tickets) and must be purchased in advance online. Museum members and other visitors eligible for free admission must also make advance reservations online.

With regard to the updated ticketing and entry procedures for the Special Exhibition “KIMONO: Fashioning Identities,” please check its official exhibition website (available in Japanese only).

*In Japanese

The kimono is one of Japan’s most iconic symbols, its colors and designs exemplifying Japanese cultural sensibilities and aesthetics. Lesser known, however, is that, the kimono originated as an undergarment. The predecessor to today’s kimono is a robe called the kosode (literally, “small sleeve openings”). The kosode first came into its own as an outer robe in medieval Japan during the Muromachi period (1392–1573). It was decorated accordingly with lavish dyed, embroidered, and gold or silver patterns.

This exhibition traces the kimono from its inception some eight hundred years ago to its role today as a symbol of Japanese culture with increasing sway on the contemporary fashion scene. Featuring some of the finest extant textiles, paintings, prints and other artworks drawn from collections in Japan and around the world, KIMONO: Fashioning Identities promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to consider the past, present, and future of this quintessential Japanese garment.

 

List of Works (656KB)

Highlights of the Exhibition

General Information

 

Highlights of the Exhibition

 

 Part I       The Birth of Fashion

Nuihaku (Kimono) with Quadrants of Seasonal Flowers and Plants
Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century
Kyoto National Museum
Important Cultural Property
(On exhibit from June 30 to July 26, 2020)

 

 

Nuihaku (Kimono) with Horizontal Bands, Lozenges, Roundels, Flowers, and Plants
Azuchi-Momoyama-Edo period, 16th-17th century
Hirano Museum, Shizuoka
Important Cultural Property
(On exhibit from June 30 to July 26, 2020)
(detail)
Maple Viewers
By Kanō Hideyori 
Muromachi–Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century 
Tokyo National Museum
National Treasure
(On exhibit from July 28 to August 23, 2020)

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 Part II      From Kyoto Style to Edo Style

Kosode (Kimono) with Waves and Mandarin Ducks
Edo period, 17th century
Tokyo National Museum
Important Cultural Property

 

 

Kosode (Kimono) with Chrysanthemums and Waterfalls
Edo period, 17th century
National Museum of Japanese History, Chiba
(On exhibit from July 28 to August 23, 2020)

Furisode (Long-Sleeved Kimono) with Autumn Maple Leaves, Bamboo Fence, and “Young Murasaki” Calligraphy from The Tale of Genji
Edo period, 17th–18th century
Tokyo National Museum

 

(detail)   

 

Woman Looking over Her Shoulder
By Hishikawa Moronobu
Edo period, 17th century
Tokyo National Museum
Furisode (Long-Sleeved Kimono) with Bundled Noshi Streamers
Edo period, 18th century
Yūzenshi Kai, Kyoto
Important Cultural Property
(On exhibit from June 30 to July 26, 2020)

 

 

Kosode (Kimono) with Autumn Flowers and Plants
By Ogata Kōrin
Edo period, 18th century
Tokyo National Museum
Important Cultural Property
(部分)

Summer Outfits: Beauties of Today (Natsu ishō tōsei bijin),
Suited to the Fine Ramie Fabrics Stocked by Shirokiya
(Shirokiya shiire no jōfu muki)
By Kitagawa Utamaro I
Edo period, 19th century
Tokyo National Museum
(On exhibit from July 28 to August 23, 2020)

 

(detail)

 

 Part III     Men’s Fashion Aesthetics

 

Jinbaori (Surcoat) with Swallowtail Butterfly
Made for Oda Nobunaga
Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century
Tokyo National Museum
Jinbaori (Surcoat) with Lions
Made for Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century
Tokyo National Museum

 

 

Dōbuku Coat with Snowflakes and Ginkgo Leaves
Made for Tokugawa Ieyasu
Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th–17th century
Tokyo National Museum
Important Cultural Property
Furisode (Long-Sleeved Kimono) with Falcons on Freestanding Screens with Plum Trees
Edo period, 18th century
Tokyo National Museum
Important Cultural Property

 

 

Hikeshi Banten (Fireman’s Jacket) with Male Figure
Edo period, 19th century
Tokyo National Museum

 

 Part IV    Modern Kimono: Meiji, Taishō, and Early Shōwa Periods (1868–1940s)

Furisode (Long-Sleeved Kimono) with Western-style Palace Designs
Shōwa period, 20th century
National Museum of Japanese History, Chiba

 

 

Meisen Kimono with Chrysantemum Design
Taishō–Shōwa period, 20th century
Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore
(Photo: Tsutsumi Katsuo)

 

 Part V     Kimono Today

Taro Kimono
Design by Okamoto Tarō
Ca. 1974 (Shōwa 49)
Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum, Tokyo
(Photo: Tsutsumi Katsuo)

 

 

Yūzen Kimono, Fruiting
By Moriguchi Kunihiko
Dated 2013 (Heisei 25)
Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd., Tokyo
(On exhibit from June 30 to July 26, 2020)

General Information

Period June 30–August 23, 2020
Venue Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)
Hours 9:30–18:00
*The regular exhibitions are open untill 17:00.
Closed Mondays (Except for August 10) and August 11
Admission

Adults: 1700 yen
University students: 1200 yen
High school students: 900 yen
Junior high school students and under: Free

The Museum will be using a timed-entry reservation system (timed tickets)

Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each (please present an ID at the ticket booth). No reservation is needed.

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, The Asahi Shimbun,
TV Asahi Corporation, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan Arts Council
With the Sponsorship of Takara Leben Co., Ltd., Takenaka Corporation, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., and Toyota Motor Corporation
With the Assistance of Kobe Fashion Museum
Catalog, Audio guide The exhibition catalog (3,000 yen) is available at the Heiseikan Special Exhibition Shop and at the museum shop in Honkan (Japanese Gallery). Audio guide (Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean) is available for 600 yen.
General Inquiries 03-5777-8600  (Hello Dial)
Exhibition Website https://kimonoten2020.exhibit.jp/
(in Japanese)

 

FY 2020 Japan Cultural Expo Project Presented and Co-presented by Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, and Japan Arts Council

 

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