Jan. 9-Feb. 14

This is the third in a series of annual exhibitions aimed to introduce the evolution of calligraphy since its inception around 1,200 years ago during the Nara Period (710-94). This year the theme is “styles of calligraphy,” and the show looks at basic concepts such as font, format and penmanship, as well as the inheritance, dissemination and roles of calligraphy styles in connection with ideologies of the time.

Around 80 works will be displayed, including some unpublished pieces, and examples from art, literature, history and other fields of culture.

Idemitsu Museum of Arts; Teigeki Bldg. 9F, 3-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Yurakucho Stn. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Fri. until 7 p.m.). ¥1,000. Closed Mon. 03-5777-8600; www.idemitsu.co.jp/museum