The SAMURAI -Samurai Paintings and Works by Warrior Class Painters-

October 2nd (Saturday),2021~February 27th (Sunday),2022

‘Samurai’, a term now known throughout the world, brings to mind a range of images from the warring lords who lived through the Sengoku period, to the samurai characters in period dramas, as well as present-day athletes. ‘Samurai’ and the word ‘bushi’ used interchangeably have carried different connotations at different points in history and likewise have been portrayed in various ways in art.
The exhibition will showcase approximately 30 samurai-themed paintings and craftworks centered around ‘paintings depicting bushi’, such as Yoritomo, Yoshitsune and other heroes of the Minamoto clan, the dignified processions of the daimyos (feudal lords), the majestic horse festivals and gruesome battles, featuring ‘works by warrior class painters’, Watanabe Kazan marking the 180th anniversary of their deaths and Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige, as well as folding screens related to buke (samurai family) and bugei (use of arms).
In the land of Hakone, with a deep connection to samurai history, where the Hakone Shrine associated with Minamoto no Yoritomo and the Soga brothers sits atop a mountain, and located close to the Ishibashiyama historic battlefield and Odawara Castle, we hope you will enjoy the world of SAMURAI which established the history of Japan.

Feature Exhibit – Chinese Celadon

Among the vast array of Chinese ceramics with their remarkable long history, celadon developed and flourished over many years. Since ancient times, while pursuing the ideal color, a plethora of celadon wares with refined shapes and patterns were created using advanced techniques. Celadons were highly prized as sublime pottery by successive emperors of China.

Introduces some of the artworks currently on display.

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‘Tale of the Heike' [Verso: ‘Tale of Genji' Paintings and ‘Hyakunin Isshu' (Anthology of Single Poems by One Hundred Poets) Calligraphies]

Early Edo period 17th century
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Katsushika Hokusai

Night Attack at the Horikawa Residence

Late Edo period first half of the 19th century
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Zôhiko (Nishimura Hikobei VIII), Segawa Shôryû

Stationery and Writing Utensil Boxes with Scenes of Minamoto no Yoshiie at the Battle of Ōshū

Meiji - Shōwa periods 19th-20th century
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Battle Scene

Momoyama period to beginning of Edo period 16th-17th century
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Iwasa Matabei

Fragment of aTale of Horie Handscroll

Early Edo period mid-17th century
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The Emperor’s Formal Visit to Nijo Castle

Edo period 17th century
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Chasing Horses in Soma 

Mid-Edo period 18th century
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Watanabe Kazan

Insects and Fish

Edo period 1841 (Tenpō 12)
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Utagawa Hiroshige

Tôkaidô Gojûsantsugi (The 53 Stations of the Tôkaidô)

Edo period 1833-34 (Tenpō 4-5)
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Sakai Hōitsu

Moon and Autumn Grasses

Edo period 1825 (Bunsei 8)
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Yaozhou ware

Ewer with Carved and Incised Peony Scroll Design

Five dynasties to Northern Song dynasty 10th - 11th century
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Ru Ware

Bowl

Northern Song dynasty 11th-12th century
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Longquan ware

Gourd-Shaped Vase with Applied Peony and Chrysanthemum Scroll Design

Southern Song to Yuan dynasties 13th-14th century

Permanent Collection