Category Archives: art exhibitions

Miyagawa Kouzan at The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Miyagawa Kouzan(1842-1916)’s death. I went to see his retrospective exhibition at The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka. He lived in late Tokugawa shogunate to Meiji Restoration. In 1870 he moved to Yokohama and opened his workshop to produce ceramics for export. His works, known as Makuzu ware,  inherits the… Read More »

Jakuchu at Shokokuji Jotenkaku Museum

Shokoku-ji temple is the head temple of the Rinzai sect, and one of the most historic and authoritative Zen temples. These days  Shokoku-ji became famous again, because it is the very temple Ito Jakuchu dedicated his “Sakyamuni Triad” and “Colorful Realm of Living Beings”. It is very meaningful to see Jakuchu’s works at Shokokuji Jotenkaku Museum, standing… Read More »

Jakuchu at Hosomi Museum

The Hosomi Museum is located in Kyoto’s eastern district of Okazaki,next to famous Heian Shrine. The museum is based on the collection of the late Osaka industrialist, Hosomi Ryo, and it is strong in works by the Kano school, Rimpa school, literati paintings and the individualist painter, Ito Jakuchu (1716-1800). I went to the exhibition “Ito… Read More »

Itsuo Art Museum

Went to see the exhibition “Tea bowl tales” at Itsuo Art Museum in Ikeda, Osaka. Itsuo Art Museum owns art works collected by Ichizo Kobayashi, founder of Hankyu Railway and Hankyu Corporation Group. Among his multiple businesses, you may know Hankyu Department Store, Takarazuka Revue Company and Toei (Movie) Company. Kobayashi had a deep knowledge… Read More »

Jakuchu The 300th Anniversary of his Birth

This year celebrates Jakuchu’s tricentennial anniversary and this special exhibition at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum introduced masterpieces spanning his early to late career. I was so eager to see this exhibition, however, I gave up to line up for 240 minutes to enter. Yes, actually, I missed the exhibition. It may be hard to believe,… Read More »

Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art

Went to see the exhibition “Korin and his Successors”~marking the 300th year since the passing of Ogata Korin~  at Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art in Tokyo. The Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art was established in 1964. The emphasis of the collection is on arts relating to the tea ceremony and profound aesthetics of… Read More »

Nezu Museum

Went to see the National Treasure “Irises Folding Screens” at Nezu Museum in Tokyo. May is the season of irises, and the Irises screens has come once again. This time, we could enjoy the masterpiece by Ogata Kōrin (1658–1716) in the context of waka (Japanese ancient style poetry). Zen style entrance. With its clusters of… Read More »