Showing approximately 100 noh masks and costumes drawn from the Mitsui Memorial Museum’s collections, this exhibition was curated to present the “profound and subtle beauty” of a uniquely Japanese art form.
Master mask-carver Kazumichi Hashioka’s donation of eight masks and 100 volumes of Genna-uzuki-bon noh chants, are particularly prized pieces in the museum’s collection. And with 54 masks from the Important Cultural Property ex-Kongo Family collection, along with noh costumes, instruments and song books from the Mitsui family, this is a chance to admire important artifacts representing departed spirits, personified deities, and vengeful demons, which are being collectively displayed for the first time; till Jan. 28.
Mitsui Memorial Museum; (03) 5777-8600; Nihonbashi Muromachi Building, 7F, 2-1-1 Chuo-ku, Tokyo; 1-min walk from Exit A7 of Mitsukoshimae Station, Ginza Line. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon. and Dec. 26-Jan. 2, Jan 10; open Jan. 9. www.mitsui-museum.jp/english/english.html.