To commemorate its 90th anniversary, Toyo Bunko, Japan’s largest Asian studies library, is exhibiting in its museum the Iwasaki Collection, originally collated by founder Hisaya Iwasaki (1865-1955), Mitsubishi’s third president.
Displayed works include Japanese, Chinese and English writings, such as the Important Cultural Property “Rongo Shikkai,” a record of Confucius and his disciples’ words, and the National Treasure “Moushi” (“Classic of Poetry”), which was written around the seventh to eighth century.
In addition, the museum will showcase a selection from its own collection of ukiyo-e works and will, for the first time since its foundation, reveal its erotic shunga paintings by artists such as Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Kuniyoshi; Aug. 20-Dec. 26.
Toyo Bunko Museum; 2-28-21 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo. Sengoku Stn. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. ¥900. Closed Tue. 03-3942-0280; www.toyo-bunko.or.jp/museum
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