You've never seen anything so ancient Chinese like this in Tokyo

Jul 13, 2005

You've never seen anything so ancient Chinese like this in Tokyo

Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum is currently hosting one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Chinese artifacts that has ever been held in Japan. “China: Crossroads of Culture” is an incredible amalgam of treasures and art objects from the entire first millennium of Chinese history, ...

Living tradition of court doll-making celebrated

May 4, 2005

Living tradition of court doll-making celebrated

“Gosho Ningyo Court Dolls and Paintings of the Modern Era,’ currently at the Seikado Bunko Art Museum and coinciding with Golden Week, sets out to display the decorative flourishes and innovations of the late 19th century (late Edo and Meiji periods) through to the ...

Goblins and deities in folk art

Jan 19, 2005

Goblins and deities in folk art

In celebration of the Japanese New Year, the Mingeikan (Japan Folk Art Museum) has organized a special exhibition titled “Otsu-e: Edo Period Popular Paintings,” showcasing this traditional Japanese genre of painting from the Edo Period (1615-1868). The show includes over 140 works of otsu-e. ...

Illuminating the lives of ancient rulers

Oct 13, 2004

Illuminating the lives of ancient rulers

“Treasures, of Ancient China” a major exhibition now at the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno Park, features a wealth of visual information and artifacts. In a process that took two years to complete, the four curators selected an amazing array of items from 50 ...

The cutting edge of samurai swords

Jul 7, 2004

The cutting edge of samurai swords

Attention to detail, design, and decoration are hallmarks of traditional Japanese aesthetics, and these values are shown off splendidly by the decorative elements and accoutrements of the Japanese sword. Furthermore, the sword is believed to be an almost sacred item, capturing the soul and ...

A Korean marriage of high and low art

Jun 23, 2004

A Korean marriage of high and low art

In Asia, June is traditionally the most popular month for weddings — as is evident from the ceremonies you’ll see happening around you every weekend. It’s timely, then, that the current exhibition at the Mingeikan (Japan Folk Crafts Museum) offers a glimpse of the ...

Edo craftsmanship in full flower

Mar 3, 2004

Edo craftsmanship in full flower

Located in Kitanomaru Park, a famous cherry blossom viewing spot in Kudanshita, central Tokyo, is the National Museum of Modern Art’s Crafts Gallery. It seems appropriate that during the flowering seasons of ume (plum) and cherry the gallery should be hosting a show titled ...

Welcome to the Zen garden of the real

Nov 19, 2003

Welcome to the Zen garden of the real

The artworks of an eminent father and son form the center of a striking exhibition that recently opened at Tokyo National Museum. On show in “Fusuma Paintings of Jukoin” are rare works by Kano Eitoku (1543-1590) and his father, Kano Shoei (1519-1592), which have ...

The razzle-dazzle of Edo life, art

Oct 15, 2003

The razzle-dazzle of Edo life, art

The allure of the Japanese folding screens of the Edo Period (1603-1867) lies in their elegance, their dazzling schemes of silver and gold, and the painstaking detail of their form and decoration. A wonderful opportunity to appreciate such pieces is the exhibition “Paintings of ...

Plain as blue and white

Jun 18, 2003

Plain as blue and white

In the 16th and 17th centuries, China produced exquisite porcelain that remained a virtual secret to the outside world — most of it was commissioned for the exclusive use of Japanese patrons. A new exhibition at the Seikado Bunko Art Museum, “Chinese Porcelains of ...