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‘Soul of Meiji: Edward Sylvester Morse, His Day by Day With Kindhearted People’

Edo Tokyo Museum

by Jordan Sievers

Staff Writer

American zoologist Edward Sylvester Morse was one of the leading figures in the popularization of Japanese ceramic art overseas. While on a science research trip to Japan in 1877, Morse amassed a collection of more than 5,000 pieces of pottery. For his service and academic contributions to Japan, he also received a number of ceramic works from Okuma Shigenobu, who later became prime minister of Japan.

Typically housed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts, these pieces make up the Morse Collection. This exhibition features 320 selected works, which include pottery, ceramic art and everyday utensils. Sept. 14-Dec. 8.

Edo Tokyo Museum; 03-3626-9974; 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo; Ryogoku Station, Sobu Line. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Sat. till 9 p.m., from Oct. 5, Sat. till 7:30 p.m.). ¥1,300. Closed Mon. (except Sept. 16, 23, Oct. 14, Nov. 4). www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp