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TOKYO

“Tea Party a la Japonaise from the Davey Collection”

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

by Kiwako Tabata

“The joy of hospitality” is the main theme of this exhibition, which brings together teacups, teaspoons, glasses, vases and other paraphernalia used to entertain guests.

In the late 19th century, Japanese arts and crafts were introduced at international expositions in various major cities across the world. As ukiyo-e (woodblock prints), Japanese ceramics, textiles and enamels sparked interest in Paris, London and New York, Western artists and craftsmen began to assimilate the designs and techniques into their own work. Japan’s artistic influence spread not only in the fine arts but also in the design of everyday objects, which became popular with Western aristocracy.

This exhibition comprises about 240 items from the collection of the U.S.-based art collectors Miyoko and John Davey and includes many objects that combine Japanese aesthetics with Western functionality; till Aug 21.

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo, (03) 5777-8600; 2-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku; 3-min walk from Exit 1, Nijubashimae Station, Chiyoda Line. Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Tue., Sat., Sun., holidays 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥1,200. Closed Mon. mimt.jp/omotenashi.