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OUTSIDE TOKYO

‘Treasures of the Imperial Collections: The Quintessence of Modern Japanese Art’

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

by Jordan Sievers

Staff Writer

Featuring historical masterpieces that were once part of the decor of the Imperial palace, this exhibition showcases some of Japan’s finest royal treasures from the Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras. Coming from the Imperial Household Agency’s Sannomaru Shozokan (Museum of the Imperial Collections), these furnishings were works commissioned by emperors, received as gifts during significant occasions or ceremonies, or purchased by the Imperial family.

More than 180 pieces are on display, many of which were created by prominent painters, artists and sculptors. The exhibition celebrates Emperor Akihito’s 80th birthday as well as the 50th anniversary of the museum.

Nov. 9-Jan. 13. The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Okazaki Enshoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto. Higashiyama Stn. 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. ¥1,300. Closed Mon. 075-761-4111; www.momak.go.jp/English