'Masterpieces of Kosan-ji Temple'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Oct 2, 2014

'Masterpieces of Kosan-ji Temple'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The Kyoto National Museum recently opened its new Heisei Chishinkan wing with the special exhibition "Kyoto: Splendors of the Ancient Capital," and it is now continuing the celebration with "Masterpieces of Kosan-ji Temple" in its main Meiji Kotokan building. Though full of national treasures, the ...

'Captivating Qing-dynasty Ceramics'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Oct 9, 2013

'Captivating Qing-dynasty Ceramics'

by Jordan Sievers

Chinese ceramics made during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) are considered some of the finest in the world. Their delicate aesthetics and attention to elaborate detail, made such works particularly popular with the European nobility of that time. As their popularity and value increased overseas, ...

'Play'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Jul 10, 2013

'Play'

by Alisa Yamasaki

This exhibition focuses on recreation in ancient Japan. More than 100 artifacts from the Kyoto National Museum's collection are being displayed, categorized under nine types of "play," such as festivals, indoor games, children's toys, and song and dance. Artifacts include toys and board games ...

Izumo: The myths and gods of Japan's history

Art Aug 16, 2012

Izumo: The myths and gods of Japan's history

by Sachiko Tamashige

"Shinkoku is the sacred name of Japan — Shinkoku, 'The Country of the Gods'; and of all Shinkoku the most holy ground is the land of Izumo," wrote Lafcadio Hearn more than 100 years ago in his book "Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan." For Hearn, ...