This exhibition of nihonga (Japanese-style painting) is divided into various themes and comprises works from the late 19th century to today, collected from 60 different locations in Japan. Highlights include a display of six designated Important Cultural Properties, one of which depicts the Buddhist guardian deity Fudo-myo-o (also known as Acala). This remarkable painting from 1887 portrays the deity in the traditional Buddhist manner, but he is modernized through different coloring and composition.
Though nihonga adheres to traditional Japanese artistic conventions, techniques and materials, it was still able to produce such modern works; Jan. 25-April 1.
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; 8-36 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo. Ueno Stn. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., (Fri. till 8 p.m.). ¥1,200. Closed Mon., Feb. 26-28. 03-5777-8600; www.tobikan.jp
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