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    Actor Otani Oniji 3rd as Edobei, By Toshusai Sharaku, Edo period, 1794 (Important Cultural Property)

    Japanese Archaeology and Special Exhibition (Heiseikan) Special Exhibition Galleries
    May 1, 2011 (Sun) - June 12, 2011 (Sun)

    MAY, 1794. An unknown artist emerges, stunning the ukiyo-e world with a lavish series of 28 mica-printed Kabuki actor portraits. Over 140 prints later, he disappears again the following January. His name? Toshusai Sharaku.
    The appeal of Sharaku's prints, however, is no mere by-product of this enigma: the emphatic, abbreviated style which struck a chord among his contemporaries continues to fascinate even today. This exhibition will explore the intriguing elements of his expression and the sources of his creativity, all the while highlighting the distinctive artistic qualities of his work.


    New Dates for the Special Exhibition "SHARAKU"
    Sunday, May 1, 2011 - Sunday, June 12, 2011

    The exhibition period for "SHARAKU", originally scheduled to open from April 5, 2011, will be changed as above due to the situations caused by the East Japan Earthquake. Extended openings on Fridays will also be cancelled to conserve energy.
    We sincerely appreciate your understanding for this inconvenience.
    We extend our heartfelt wishes for the recovery of the regions suffering severe damage from the disasters.

General Information

Period Sunday, May 1 - Sunday, June 12, 2011
Venue Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)
Hours 9:30 - 17:00
Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays until 18:00
Fridays until 20:00
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Closed Monday, May 16, 23, 2011
Admission Adults: 1,500 (1,300/1,200) yen
University students: 1,200 (1,000/900) yen
High school students: 900 (700/600) yen
Junior high school students and under: Free
* Prices shown in ( ) indicate advance / group (more than 20 persons) discount tickets.
* Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each.
* Advance tickets are on sale at the Museum ticket office (during museum hours, 30 minutes before closing hour) and e-Ticket Pia (P-code:764-391), Lawson Ticket (L-code:32902), E-Plus, CN Playguide and other major ticketing agencies from Friday, April 8 to Saturday, April 30, 2011.
* Advance pair tickets (two admissions, 2000yen) are sold at the Museum ticket office (during museum hours, 30 minutes before closing hour), e-Ticket Pia (P-code:764-392), Lawson Ticket (L-code:32902), E-Plus and other major ticketing agencies from Friday, November 26 to Monday, January 31, 2011.
* Special exhibition "Buddha - The Story in Manga and Art" (Tuesday, April 26 - Sunday, June 26, 2011, Honkan) requires a separate admission fee.
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
Organizer Tokyo National Museum, The Tokyo Shimbun, NHK, NHK Promotions
With the Assistance of International Ukiyo-e Society
With the Support of Agency for Cultural Affairs
With the Sponsorship of Nissha Printing Co.,Ltd., Mizuho Bank, Ltd., Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Transportation with the assistance of Japan Airlines
General Inquiries 03-5405-8686 (Hello Dial)
Exhibition Website http://sharaku2011.jp (In Japanese)
The website has closed with the end of the exhibition.