Thu, Aug 15, 2019

TSUMUGU: Japan Art & Culture web portal kicks off to showcase Japan’s art world!

The *Tsumugu Project’s long-awaited web portal has launched!

Come see the TSUMUGU: Japan Art & Culture web portal on Aug. 20, 2019.

The one-of-a-kind portal should serve as your gateway to Japan’s finest artwork and multifaceted culture.

With cooperation from two governmental agencies – Agency for Cultural Affairs and Imperial Household Agency – as well as national museums, the National Theatre and other cultural institutions, the portal – administered and operated by The Yomiuri Shimbun (Tokyo) – will provide you with valuable art & culture-related information from Japan under the editorial supervision of connoisseurs from the Japanese art world, the theater and other artistic fields. The portal will also serve as a digital archive to preserve high-resolution images taken from Japan’s sophisticated but fragile artwork.

Here are some of its features:

TSUMUGU Gallery: High-resolution images of national treasure “Wind God and Thunder God Screens” (Kennin-ji temple, Kyoto) and other works of art – paintings, Buddhist statues, sculptures and calligraphy – are posted here for you to observe the masterpieces up close. A zoom-in device will allow you to focus on certain areas of the artwork as you read along expert comments on its artistic value, history and features.

What to See: This section of the portal – mostly intended for visitors to Japan – will introduce you to Japan’s treasures currently on display in museums and on-going kabuki performances, among other things.

Learn: Renowned art writers including Mari Hashimoto and Sophie Richard (author of “The art lover’s guide to Japanese museums”), museum curators and culture writers of The Yomiuri Shimbun contribute essays, commentaries, interview articles, etc., to this section to make the portal uniquely educational and entertaining for viewers with a keen interest in Japan’s traditional culture. Also included are reports on on-going repair work supported by the TSUMUGU Project of designated national treasure “Raigo of Amida (Amitabha) and Twenty-five Attendants” and other cultural assets.

*TSUMUGU Project:

Jointly initiated by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, the Imperial Household Agency and The Yomiuri Shimbun, the project officially kicked off in March 2019 with the opening of the Special Exhibition “Cultural Exchanges of the Emperor and Empress: Sharing the Beauty of Japan” (March 5 – April 29) at the Tokyo National Museum. Other than organizing exhibitions, the project aims to create a virtuous cycle of promoting, restoring and preserving Japan’s beauty by utilizing a part of the proceeds from such events and contributions from our sponsors (listed below) to help restore precious artwork. The web portal – the project’s official website – is meant to serve as a cultural hub for art lovers and visitors to Japan, and the project’s main tool of communication.

Special Sponsors:
  • Canon Inc.
  • Suntory Holdings Limited
  • Shiseido Company, Limited
  • East Japan Railway Company
  • Sekisui House, Ltd.
  • Takashimaya Co., Ltd.
  • JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
  • Nomura Holdings, Inc.
  • Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.
  • MITSUBISHI ESTATE CO., LTD.
  • Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd.
Sponsors:
  • JTB Corp.
  • Takenaka Corporation
  • NARITA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CORPORATION
  • Japan Post Group
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
  • Mitsubishi Corporation

For inquiries in English and further information on the web portal, contact: Kazuki MATSUURA (TSUMUGU Project Secretariat, The Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings) Tel: 03-3216-2316 / Email: kazu2023@yomiuri.com

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