Sharpen your knowledge of Japanese swords

Feb 14, 2017

Sharpen your knowledge of Japanese swords

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If you’ve ever wanted to learn about Japanese swords, now’s the time, as an unusually large number of top-quality blades are currently on view at two Tokyo museums. Either exhibition is well worth a visit but together they’re dynamite. “Perfect Guide to Japanese Sword” ...

'Eternal Treasures from Kasugataisha Shrine'

Jan 17, 2017

'Eternal Treasures from Kasugataisha Shrine'

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Jan. 17-March 12 Registered in 1998 as a World Heritage Site, Kasuga Grand Shrine was built in the eighth century as a prayer offering for the protection of Heijokyo, (the capital of Japan, 710-784) and for the prosperity of its people. The Tokyo National ...

Treasures worth standing in line for

Nov 20, 2014

Treasures worth standing in line for

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There is a fundamental problem with the Tokyo National Museum (TNM), which I come up against time and time again. In a nutshell, the venue is too big for its exhibits and too small for its audience. This is underlined yet again by the ...

Review: DJ Krush at the Tokyo National Museum

Oct 23, 2014

Review: DJ Krush at the Tokyo National Museum

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It’s all in the location. For his sold-out Red Bull Music Academy show on Monday night, DJ Krush traded his regular clubland haunts for something a little fancier: the courtyard of the Yoshio Taniguchi-designed Gallery of Horyuji Treasures at Tokyo National Museum in Ueno. ...

'National Treasures of Japan'

Oct 9, 2014

'National Treasures of Japan'

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Nearly 120 of Japan’s National Treasures are being brought together for the Tokyo National Museum’s third Heisei Era “National Treasures of Japan” exhibition, which this year also commemorates the 80th birthday of Emperor Akihito. Through important paintings, sculptures, decorative art objects, documents and other ...

The back story to Taiwan's treasures

Aug 7, 2014

The back story to Taiwan's treasures

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The artworks and objects on display at the Tokyo National Museum’s latest show, “Treasured Masterpieces from the National Palace Museum, Taipei,” have had something of checkered history. A large part of this was due to the efforts of the Japanese Imperial Army to get ...

Aug 4, 2014

The fruit of good Japan-Taiwan ties

The exhibition of treasures from Taipei's National Palace Museum at the Tokyo National Museum through Sept. 15 is the first exhibition of its kind in an Asian country outside Taiwan. That's why it is attracting big crowds of Japanese.