Sakura, Sakura, Sakura 2018 - Flower Viewing at the Museum!
In a nutshell
Celebrate spring with this exhibition of sakura (cherry blossoms) depicted in nihonga (Japanese style painting). Two great Japanese passions are brought together, with sakura depicted in sites from all over Japan, in historical settings, and as a floral motif to be admired on its own.
The Yamatane Museum of Art is dedicated to nihonga and has the requisite dimmed lighting to help protect the delicate works. Don’t miss the room off to the side of the gift shop, which has cherry blossoms in the dark for this exhibition.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
The introduction and chapter information and title cards are in English. While almost all of the works have extended captions in Japanese, there are 10 works with extended captions in English. The video shown on the first floor has English subtitles and the audio guide is in Japanese only.
You may take photographs of one work (the screen shown above).
Cherry blossom viewing parties date back to the Heian period over 1,000 years ago. Appreciating the beauty of the different types of cherry blossoms depicted in a variety of ways is a time honored Japanese tradition.
It’s a great opportunity to see two quintessentially Japanese things, sakura and nihonga, together to celebrate spring.
How far out?
A good 10 minute walk from the Ebisu metro station.
How much time?
About 30 minutes.
How much money?
¥1,000 for general admission (cash only, no credit cards).
May 6, 2018
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Definitely worth seeing if you’re in the area or have some free time.