exhibitions

Summer Exhibition

Enjoying the Cool - Hatakeyama Sokuo's Morning Tea Ceremony (Concurrent Exhibition: Paintings by Kano School and Craftwork in Edo Period)
4th August-17th September

In the world of chanoyu, morning tea gatherings called asacha are held by tea masters in early summer morning before it gets hot. An asacha gathering begins in a brisk morning atmosphere. With its procedures simplified in comparison to a typical tea ceremony in old times, tea masters have enjoyed the morning chanoyu while paying delicate attention to sustain the cool and refreshing ambience. This exhibition features the combination of tea utensils used in an asacha gathering held in 1938 at the Bentendo Temple on Ueno Shinobazu Pond by Hatakeyama Sokuo (1881-1971). We hope you will find great joy in experiencing the comfortable coolness produced by Sokuo. On top of that, paintings by artists of the Kano school and craft products in the Edo period will also be on display.



Enjoying the Cool - Hatakeyama Sokuo's Morning Tea Ceremony (Concurrent Exhibition: Paintings by Kano School and Craftwork in Edo Period)

Holiday

Mondays(Except 17th September)

Opening hours

10:00-17:00 (April - September)
10:00-16:30 (October - March)

Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time

Admission fees

Adult 700yen (600yen) Student 500yen (400yen) 
*Students with adults of elementary school and junior high school are free
*( ) reduced fees are available for groups of over twenty people)

Japanese Green Tea
(Maccha) service

500 yen
( We serve at the exhibition room, please buy a tea ticket at the front desk )

200th Year Memorial Exhibition Feudal Lord and Tea Master Fumai Matsudaira with Celebrated Tea Ceremony -Renowned Tea Ceremony Utensils from the “Unshu Kuracho”.
7th April-17th June

This year marks the bicentennial of the death of Matsudaira Fumai (1751-1818), the seventh lord of Izumo Province known as a representative daimyo and tea master in the later Edo period. In this anniversary year, we will hold a commemorative exhibition showing our collection of tea utensils, listed in a historic tool ledger called Unshu Kuracho. Outstanding in both terms of quality and quantity, the collection will invite you to a tour to look into the aesthetic sense of Fumai as a tea master, art collector, and pioneer in preservation of cultural properties. We hope you will take this opportunity to see the prestigious items including two national treasures and four important cultural properties, as well as the way leading to the modern period opened up by Fumai's appreciation.

 




Feudal Lord and Tea Master Fumai Matsudaira with Celebrated Tea Ceremony

Enjoying the Cool - Hatakeyama Sokuo's Morning Tea Ceremony (Concurrent Exhibition: Paintings by Kano School and Craftwork in Edo Period)
4th August-17th September

In the world of chanoyu, morning tea gatherings called asacha are held by tea masters in early summer morning before it gets hot. An asacha gathering begins in a brisk morning atmosphere. With its procedures simplified in comparison to a typical tea ceremony in old times, tea masters have enjoyed the morning chanoyu while paying delicate attention to sustain the cool and refreshing ambience. This exhibition features the combination of tea utensils used in an asacha gathering held in 1938 at the Bentendo Temple on Ueno Shinobazu Pond by Hatakeyama Sokuo (1881-1971). We hope you will find great joy in experiencing the comfortable coolness produced by Sokuo. On top of that, paintings by artists of the Kano school and craft products in the Edo period will also be on display.




Enjoying the Cool - Hatakeyama Sokuo's Morning Tea Ceremony (Concurrent Exhibition: Paintings by Kano School and Craftwork in Edo Period)

Exhibition Honoring 150th Anniversary of Birth: Hara Sankei - Eye for Tea Ceremony and Japanese Art
6th October-16th December

Hara Sankei (1868-1939) was a Yokohama-based business-person and collector of Japanese art in the Meiji, Taisho, and prewar periods, and also known as a tea devotee. In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of his birth, we will extensively showcase for the first time in 20 years a total of 43 calligraphic works, paintings, and craft products from our collection, which were formerly owned by him. The special exhibition focuses on the aesthetic eye of Sankei through his collection including the national heritage "Detached segment of the Deeds of the Zen Masters: Priest Zhichang and Courtier Li Bo" drawn by Yintuoluo (Jp: Indara) and inscribed by Chushi Fanqi (Jp: Soseki Bonki), as well as five important cultural properties and six important art objects. Please don't miss this golden opportunity.




Exhibition Honoring 150th Anniversary of Birth: Hara Sankei - Eye for Tea Ceremony and Japanese Art

Koetsu and Korin - the Beauty of Rimpa School
19th January, 2018-17th March

Hon’ami Koetsu (1558-1637) is said to be the ancestor of the Rimpa School and Ogata Korin (1658-1716) was born one hundred years after Koetsu. The two multifaceted persons also served as so-called art directors. This exhibition will take you to a unique world of beauty while highlighting the similarity between the two great masters of art. We will also introduce well-selected paintings and craftworks created by two other artists related to Rimpa: Tawaraya Sotatsu (years of birth and death unknown), a painter who collaborated with Koetsu and gave birth to inspiring works, as well as Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743), a younger brother of Korin. We hope you will fully enjoy the style of Rimpa's beauty that enchants people throughout the ages.




Koetsu and Korin - the Beauty of Rimpa School