Hashimoto's rings shine with history

Sep 4, 2014

Hashimoto's rings shine with history

The Hashimoto Collection of rings is the largest number of works to be donated to the National Museum of Western Art since it was originally established to house the Matsutaka Collection of artworks in 1959. Received in 2012, this vast collection of hundreds of ...

'L'Estuaire de la Seine: l'Invention d'Un Paysage'

Sep 4, 2014

'L'Estuaire de la Seine: l'Invention d'Un Paysage'

The picturesque region of Normandy in northern France became a fashionable resort area for Parisians after the establishment of railways made it more accessible during the late 19th century. But even before then, landscape painters had long been enchanted by the area, drawn to ...

'Hokusai: Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji'

Sep 4, 2014

'Hokusai: Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji'

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), one of the most renowned ukiyo-e artists of the late Edo Period (1603-1868), is still, even 165 years after his death, growing in popularity worldwide. Following in the footsteps of his master, Katsukawa Shunsho (1726-1792), Hokusai not only perfected his skills ...

'Tomoo Gokita: The Great Circus'

Aug 28, 2014

'Tomoo Gokita: The Great Circus'

Though already established in Japan as an artist with exceptional drawing skills, Tomoo Gokita gained a strong cult following after the 2000 publication of “Lingerie Wrestling,” a book of charcoal and ink drawings. He is also known for CD cover designs, such as his ...

'Iwasaki Collection: From Confucius to Ukiyo-e'

Aug 28, 2014

'Iwasaki Collection: From Confucius to Ukiyo-e'

To commemorate its 90th anniversary, Toyo Bunko, Japan’s largest Asian studies library, is exhibiting in its museum the Iwasaki Collection, originally collated by founder Hisaya Iwasaki (1865-1955), Mitsubishi’s third president. Displayed works include Japanese, Chinese and English writings, such as the Important Cultural Property ...

The great American barbecue comes to town

Aug 28, 2014

The great American barbecue comes to town

The end of August is nigh, but that doesn’t mean that the hot days are over. Rather than wait for fall inside air-conditioned rooms, why not enjoy the last of the heat at the American Festival 2014. Held in a breezy area of Tokyo’s ...

Shinjuku becomes a hub of student art

Aug 21, 2014

Shinjuku becomes a hub of student art

If you’re interested in new art, but don’t have the time to visit dozens of small galleries, the Shinjuku Creators Festa 2014 is a good opportunity to discover up-and-coming artists, without traveling all over the metropolis. For 17 days from Aug. 22 through Sept. ...

'National Treasures of the Munakata Shrine'

Aug 14, 2014

'National Treasures of the Munakata Shrine'

The location of the city of Munakata, on the coast of northern Kyushu and close to Oshima and Okinoshima islands, helped it become a historical cultural hub that welcomed incoming crafts shipped from Korea, China and Persia. This exhibition showcases a selection of works ...