In an exhibition aimed at generating more public interest in traditional Japanese paintings, the Nara Prefectural Museum of Art is showcasing medieval and modern works from its own collection.
In a slightly didactic approach, the show offers basic knowledge of the materials, style and theme of each picture on display. Featured painters include Totsugen Tanaka (1760-1823) and Keisai Kuwagata (1764-1824).
On the exhibition’s last day, the museum is also organizing a one-day workshop at which visitors can paint an ema wooden votive plaque using traditional nikawa enogu, the Japanese equivalent of distemper. Prior reservations are necessary; till Oct 8.
Nara Prefectural Museum of Art; (0742) 23-3968; 10-6, Noborioji, Nara; Kintetsu Nara Station, Kintetsu Line. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥400. Closed Mon. www.pref.nara.jp/dd_aspx_menuid-22269.htm.