Special/Featured Exhibitions

Special Exhibition Urushi Extraordinaire:
Lacquer Masterpieces from the Tokugawa Art Museum Collection

The lacquer tree of the anacardiaceae family is native to the regions eastward of West Asia. The sap from this tree was applied to various utensils, giving them exceptional moisture repellant and antiseptic qualities as well as high resistance to acids and alkalis. Not only does lacquer create a lustrous surface, it also is a strong adhesive and was used in East Asia in the production of various crafts, building materials, and other uses since ancient times.
This exhibition traces the beauty and charm of lacquer craft, which we use less and less often in our modern daily lives, first through the Tokugawa Art Museum's world-famous collection of karamono lacquerwares from China, as well as the sprinkled gold and silver maki-e designs of Japanese lacquer that came to be known as “japanning,” and various items from Joseon-dynasty Korea and the Ryūkyū Islands of Okinawa.

Overview of the Exhibition

Hours 10:00am to 5:00pm (Admittance until 4:30pm)
Closed Days Every Monday (or the following day if a national holiday or substitute holiday falls on a Monday)
Admission Tickets

Adults: 1.400yen (including the admission to "Ghosts, Ghouls, and Goblins: Strange and Fantastical Figures in Japanese Art" at the Hōsa Library exhibition rooms.)
Students (high school and university): 700yen
Students (elementary and junior high school): 500yen

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