Tokyo National Museum

May 2019 | 13-9 Uenokoen, Taito City, Tokyo 110-8712 |

Located in Ueno Park, Tokyo National Museum considered the oldest national museum in Japan. At it’s seven facilities, it exhibits artwork, objects of archaeology and ethnology from the Jōmon period to modern art, of mostly Japanese and Asian items.
We only visited the Honkan, the Japanese Gallery – in a chronological manner, the viewer gets introduced to Japanese art from Jōmon pottery through to the Edo period, displaying ceramics, swords, lacquerwares, sculptures, modern decorative arts as well as Ainu and Ryukyu artifacts.

Pottery art from the Jōmon period (14,000–300 BCE)

Buddhist artifacts from different centuries and locations

A classic round mirror and other decorative artefacts

Gold laquerware writing box with ink and brush

Painted folding screens

Ukio-e paintings

Bugaku dress and two figures dressed in full attire. Bugaku is a traditional dance that has been performed for centuries mostly in the imperial court.

Samurai attire, a tantō or short sword and a quiver.

Wooden sculptures

Small gilt bronze sculptures from Nepal or Tibet, from the 15-16th century

Buddhist deity

Painted scroll maps

And some more modern items…