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KYOTO

“The Lineage of Culture: The Hosokawa Family Eisei Bunko Collection”

KYOTO NATIONAL MUSEUM

by Tomoko Hori

Staff Writer

The Eisei Bunko museum was established in 1950 in Mejiro, Tokyo, to preserve the collection of some 80,000 artworks owned by the Hosokawa family, the former domain lords of Kumamoto in Kyushu. Founded by the 16th lord, Moritatsu Hosokawa (1883-1970), an avid collector of artworks, Eisei Bunko is known for its variety of historical objects, including swords, Japanese armor, Buddhist statues, Chinese art, tea-ceremony utensils and Japanese paintings.

The first half of the exhibition presents ancient works passed down through the Hosokawa family, while the second half displays items acquired by Moritatsu; till Nov. 23.

Kyoto National Museum; (075) 525-2473; 527 Chayamachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto; 7-min. walk east of Shichijo Station, Keihan Honsen Line. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥1,400. Closed Mon. www.kyohaku.go.jp.