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Challengers in Nihonga - Taikan, Shunsō, Kokei, and Gyoshū

Challengers in Nihonga - Taikan, Shunsō, Kokei, and Gyoshū

In a nutshell

This exhibition commemorates the 120th anniversary of the Japan Art Institute, which promotes nihonga, or Japanese painting. Made up of about 50 paintings from the museum’s collection, the exhibition is centered around the works of Yokoyama Taikan, Hishida Shunsō, Kobayashi Kokei, and Hayami Gyoshū, all members of the institute. Highlights includes all eight paintings from Scenes from the Legend of Kiyohime, by Kokei and Gyoshū’s Camellia Petals Scattering, an Important Cultural Property, on view from October 16 to November 11.

The venue

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 small gallery off to the side of the gift shop.

English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)

The introduction, chapter information, title cards, and the list of works are in English. A small selection of extended captions are translated into English.


Photos of selected pieces, which are clearly marked, are allowed.

The feels

This exhibition features a wide variety of paintings, demonstrating the breadth of style and subject matter of nihonga.


These beautiful paintings can be appreciated by anyone interested in Japanese art.

How far out?

A good 10 minute walk from the Ebisu metro station.

How much time?

Around 30 minutes.

How much money?

¥1,000 for general admission.

Until when?

November 11, 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

Worth seeing while you’re in Hiroo.



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