One of the most impressive collections of Japanese art is housed, not in Japan but in the United States at the Cleveland Museum of Art. For this exhibition, 50 important works from the Heian Period (794-1185) to the Meiji Era (1868-1912), have been brought back to Japan for a show that not only introduces the paintings but also provides a commentary on the history and attraction of Japanese art.
The works are divided into four themes: Gods, Buddha and Human Beings; Beauties of Nature; Landscapes; and The World of Japanese Stories. There is also a section covering People and Nature in the Modern West, showcasing works by Berthe Morisot, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Rousseau; Jan. 15-Feb. 23.
Tokyo National Museum, Heiseikan; 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo. Ueno Stn. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon. 03-5405-8686; www.tnm.jp.