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OUTSIDE TOKYO

‘Takamikura and Michodai: Chrysanthemum and Nippon’

Zohiko Urushi Museum

by Jordan Sievers

Staff Writer

In celebration of the Emperor’s 80th birthday and the 25th anniversary of his reign, replicas of the takamikura (Chrysanthemum throne) and michodai (a curtained platform) are being displayed at Kyoto’s Zohiki Urushi Museum. Created between 1913-1915, these models were made around the same time as the originals, which are now housed in Shishin-den Hall at Kyoto Imperial Palace.

The replicas were crafted using the same skills and attention to detail as the originals, revealing complex carpentry and the sophisticated technical ability needed for such decorative work. Various art pieces with chrysanthemum motifs are also being shown, along with a display of maki-e lacquer works; Oct. 3-Dec. 10.

Zohiko Urushi Museum; 075-752-7790; Zohiko Main Shop 2F, 10 Saishoji-cho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto; Higashiyama Station, Tozai Line. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ¥300. Closed Wed. www.zohiko.co.jp/museum/en