The maven of Japanese sword fittings

Art Nov 21, 2017

The maven of Japanese sword fittings

by Yoko Haruhara

The special exhibition "Pinnacle of Elegance: Sword Fittings of the Mitsumura Collection" at the Nezu Museum offers a fascinating look at the collection that Toshimo Mitsumura (1877-1955), a wealthy businessman, amassed at the end of the Meiji Era (1868-1912). Mitsumura's passion for swords is ...

Maruyama Okyo melded styles to pioneer a new path in art

Art Nov 15, 2016

Maruyama Okyo melded styles to pioneer a new path in art

by Yoko Haruhara

The 18th century was an exciting time for Japan. After unification in 1603, a remarkable spirit of innovation pervaded as urban centers grew and the arts flourished. The creativity came despite a policy of sakoku that the ruling Tokugawa shogunate enacted in 1633 to close ...

'Bodhisattvas: Symbol of Salvation and Support'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Mar 5, 2015

'Bodhisattvas: Symbol of Salvation and Support'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

March 7-April 6 This show of sculptures and paintings from the Nezu Museum's collection focuses on bodhisattvas, Buddhist deities who willingly descend into the human realm to experience the joy and sorrow of humankind and lead people to enlightenment. There are many bodhisattvas, including Kannon (Avalokiteshvara, ...

Transforming the splendor of Japanese art

Art Sep 25, 2014

Transforming the splendor of Japanese art

by Yoko Haruhara

Every culture treasures its arts, and art museums are at the forefront of art preservation, engaging curators and specialists to ensure works remain as faithful to the originals as possible. Japan, however, has a long cultural and philosophical tradition that runs counter to the contemporary ...

The collector who saw the fine print

Art Jun 13, 2013

The collector who saw the fine print

by Yoko Haruhara

The Nezu Museum is currently showing "Ceramics and Ukiyo-e Masterpieces from the Hagi Uragami Museum," an exhibition of outstanding artworks collected over the years by the entrepreneur Toshiro Uragami, who donated them to the Hagi Uragami Museum in Yamaguchi Prefecture in 1996. How did Uragami, ...