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Gems from the Imperial collection and court culture of Kyoto to be highlighted

“Treasures from the Imperial Palace” at Kyoto National Museum

In 2019, with the enthronement of the Emperor and Empress, Japan formally entered into the new Reiwa era.

To commemorate this celebratory occasion, Special Exhibition “Treasures from the Imperial Palace” — organized by the Imperial Household Agency, national daily The Yomiuri Shimbun and others — opens at the Kyoto National Museum on Oct. 10, 2020, with more than 100 masterworks from the Sannomaru Shozokan (The Museum of the Imperial Collections, Tokyo), and the ancient capital of Kyoto, home to Japan’s rich Imperial court culture.

Rising Sun and Phoenix
Ito Jakuchu; Edo period, 1755
(Sannomaru Shozokan, The Museum of the Imperial Collections)

The masterworks to go on display include Ito Jakuchu’s famous “Rising Sun and Phoenix” (Edo period), and the Scenes from the Tale of Genji folding screens (Momoyama period) attributed to Kano Eitoku, one of the celebrated patriarchs of the Kano school.

The exhibition lasts until Nov. 23.

(From the Kyoto National Museum website and other sources)

Scenes from the Tale of Genji (Left screen)
Attributed to Kano Eitoku; Momoyama period, 16-17th century
(Sannomaru Shozokan, The Museum of the Imperial Collections)
Onmeijo (Partial)
Fujiwara no Sukemasa; Heian period, 10th century
(Sannomaru Shozokan, The Museum of the Imperial Collections)
Illustrated Account of the Mongol Invasion (From the 2nd volume; partial)
Two handscrolls; Kamakura period, 13th century
(Sannomaru Shozokan, The Museum of the Imperial Collections)
Enthronement of Emperor Reigen (Partial)
Kano Eino; Edo period, 17th century
(Kyoto National Museum)
Two-tiered Cabinet; Design of cranes with pine sprigs in maki-e lacquer and mother-of-pearl inlay (From the Higyosha of the Kyoto Imperial Palace)
Edo period, 19th century (Tokyo National Museum)
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Outline of the event


Sat, Oct 10, 2020〜Mon, Nov 23, 2020


Kyoto National Museum
527 Chaya-cho
Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto


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Closing day

Mondays (except Nov 23)

Opening hours

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