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The TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM (東京国立博物館, Tōkyō Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan), or TNM, established in 1872, is the oldest Japanese national museum , the largest art museum in Japan
Japan
and one of the largest art museums in the world. The museum collects, houses, and preserves a comprehensive collection of art works and archaeological objects of Asia
Asia
, focusing on Japan
Japan
. The museum holds over 110,000 objects, which includes 87 Japanese National Treasure holdings and 610 Important Cultural Property holdings (as of July 2005). The museum also conducts research and organizes educational events related to its collection.

The museum is located inside Ueno Park
Ueno Park
in Taitō , Tokyo. The facilities consist of the Honkan (本館, Japanese Gallery), Tōyōkan (東洋館, Asian Gallery), Hyōkeikan (表慶館), Heiseikan (平成館), Hōryū-ji
Hōryū-ji
Hōmotsukan (法隆寺宝物館, the Gallery of Hōryū-ji
Hōryū-ji
Treasures), as well as Shiryōkan (資料館, the Research and Information Center), and other facilities. There are restaurants and shops within the museum's premises, as well as outdoor exhibitions and a garden where visitors can enjoy seasonal views.

The museum's collections focus on ancient Japanese art
Japanese art
and Asian art along the Silk Road
Silk Road
. There is also a large collection of Greco-Buddhist art .

All information is provided in Japanese, Chinese, English, French, German, Korean, and Spanish.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Timeline

* 2 Five Exhibition Buildings

* 2.1 Honkan (Japanese Gallery) * 2.2 Tōyōkan (Asian Gallery) * 2.3 Hyōkeikan * 2.4 Heiseikan * 2.5 Hōryū-ji
Hōryū-ji
Hōmotsukan (The Gallery of Hōryū-ji
Hōryū-ji
Treasures)

* 3 Kuroda Memorial Hall * 4 Research and information center * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links

HISTORY

The museum came into being in 1872, when the first exhibition was held by the Museum
Museum
Department of the Ministry of Education at the Taiseiden Hall. This marked the inauguration of the first museum in Japan. Soon after the opening, the museum moved to Uchiyamashita-cho (present Uchisaiwai-cho), then in 1882 moved again to the Ueno Park, where it stands today. Since its establishment, the museum has experienced major challenges such as the Great Kantō earthquake in 1923, and a temporary closing in 1945, during World War II
World War II
. In more than the 120 years of its history, the museum has gone under much evolution and transformation through organizational reforms and administrative change.

The museum went through several name changes, being called the Imperial Museum
Museum
in 1886 and the Tokyo
Tokyo
Imperial Household Museum
Museum
in 1900, until it was given its present title in 1947.

TIMELINE

The growth and development of today's museum has been an evolving process:

* 1872—The Ministry of Education holds the first public exhibition in Japan
Japan
at the Taiseiden Hall of the former Seido at Bunkyō special ward of Tokyo
Tokyo
; and institution is named " Museum
Museum
of the Ministry of Education." * 1875—The Ministry of Interior accepts responsibility for Museum collections which are divided into eight categories: nature, agriculture & forestry, industry, fine art, history, education, law, and land and institution is renamed the "National Museum." * 1978—The Hyokeikan building is designated an "Important Cultural Property." * 1999—The "Gallery of Horyu-ji
Horyu-ji
Treasures" and the "Heisei-kan" buildings are opened. * 2001—The museum is renamed " Tokyo
Tokyo
National Museum" of the "Independent Administrative Institution National Museum
Museum
" (IAI National Museum). * 2001—The Hon-kan building is designated an "Important Cultural Property." * 2005—The IAI National Museum
Museum
is expanded with addition of Kyushu National Museum
Museum
. * 2007—The IAI National Museum
Museum
is merged into the Independent Administrative Institution National Institutes for Cultural Heritage (NICH), combining the four national museums with the former National Institutes for Cultural Preservation at Tokyo
Tokyo
and Nara

FIVE EXHIBITION BUILDINGS

HONKAN (JAPANESE GALLERY)

The original main building (honkan) was designed by the British architect Josiah Conder . It was severely damaged in the Great Kantō earthquake of 1923. In contrast to the original building's more Western style, the design of the present main building by Jin Watanabe is the more nativist Imperial Crown style . Construction began in 1932, and the building was inaugurated in 1938. It was designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan
Japan
in 2001.

The Japanese Gallery provides a general view of Japanese art, containing 24 exhibition rooms on two floors. It consists of exhibitions from 10,000 BC up to the late 19th century, exhibitions of different types of art such as ceramics, sculpture, swords, and others.

* The 1st room - The 10th room (2F): The title is "The flow of Japanese art
Japanese art
". It interlaces theme exhibitions such as " Art
Art
of Buddhism
Buddhism
", " Art
Art
of Tea ceremony ", "The clothing of Samurai
Samurai
", "Noh and Kabuki
Kabuki
", etc. One national treasure object is exhibited by turns every time in the 2nd room as "The national treasure room". * The 11th room - The 20th room (1F): There are exhibition rooms according to the genres such as Sculpture
Sculpture
, Metalworking
Metalworking
, Pottery
Pottery
, Japanning
Japanning
, Katana
Katana
, Ethnic material, Historic material, Modern art
Modern art
, etc. * The extra exhibition rooms (1F and 2F): There are small exhibition rooms where planning such as "new objects exhibitions". * The extra room (1F): This is an event meeting place for children.

*

A Middle Jōmon vessel (3000-2000 BCE). *

Kokin Wakashu , Heian period
Heian period
, 10th century. *

Samantabhadra , Heian period, 12th century. *

Cintamani in flame type, 12-13 century. *

Twelve Heavenly Generals , Kamakura period
Kamakura period
, 13th century. *

O-yoroi , Edo period
Edo period
, 16th century. *

Noh
Noh
Mask, Edo period, 18th century.

TōYōKAN (ASIAN GALLERY)

This building was inaugurated in 1968 and designed by Yoshiro Taniguchi . This is a three-storied building which bring a feeling such as five-storied. Because there are large floors arranged in a spiral ascending from the 1st floor along the mezzanines to the 3rd floor, and many stairs. It has been made huge colonnade air space to reach from the first floor to the third floor ceiling inside, and placement of an exhibition room is complicated. There is a restaurant and museum shop on the first floor, too.

The Asian Gallery consists of ten exhibition rooms arranged on seven region levels. It is dedicated to the art and archaeology of Asia, including China
China
, Korea
Korea
, Southeast Asia
Asia
, India
India
, the Middle east
Middle east
and Egypt
Egypt
.

* The 1st room (1F): Sculptures of India
India
and Gandhara
Gandhara
in modern-day Pakistan. * The 2nd and 3rd room (1F): Egypt, West Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. * The 4th and 5th room (2F): Chinese artifacts and archaeologiy. * The 6th and 7th room (2F): Lounge and Small exhibit space. * The 8th room (2F): Chinese painting and calligraphy. * The 9th and 10th room (3F): Central Asia
Asia
and Korea.

*

One of the first representations of the Buddha , 1st-2nd century CE, Gandhara
Gandhara
from Pakistan. *

Seated Buddha, Gandhara
Gandhara
, 1st-2nd century CE. *

Maitreya, seated on a throne in the Western manner, with Kushan devotee. 2nd century Gandhara
Gandhara
. *

Bacchanalian scene, representing the harvest of wine grapes, Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara, 1st-2nd century CE. *

Drinking scene, Greek drinking cups, Greek dress. Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara. 3rd century CE. *

Greek scroll supported by Indian Yaksas , Amaravati , 3rd century.

*

Northern Wei
Northern Wei
Buddha Maitreya
Maitreya
, 443. *

Tang Dynasty
Tang Dynasty
Bodhisattva
Bodhisattva
. *

Wooden plate with inscriptions in Tocharian . Kucha , China
China
, 5th-8th century.

HYōKEIKAN

Built to commemorate the marriage of the then Meiji Crown Prince (later Emperor Taisho
Emperor Taisho
), Hyokeikan was inaugurated in 1909. This building is designated as an Important Cultural Property as a representative example of Western-style architecture of the late Meiji period (early 20th century). It is open for events and temporary exhibitions only.

HEISEIKAN

Heiseikan serves primarily as space for special exhibitions, but also houses the Japanese Archaeology
Archaeology
Gallery. The Japanese Archaeology Gallery on the first floor traces Japanese history
Japanese history
from ancient to pre-modern times through archaeological objects. The galleries on the second floor are entirely dedicated to special exhibitions. The Heiseikan building was opened in 1999 to commemorate the crown prince's marriage. The building also contains an auditorium and lounge area.

This gallery displays some examples of pottery , the Jōmon linear appliqué type, from around 10,000 BCE. The antiquity of these potteries was first identified after World War II, through radiocarbon dating methods: "The earliest pottery, the linear applique type, was dated by radiocarbon methods taken on samples of carbonized material at 12500 +- 350 before present" (Prehistoric Japan, Keiji Imamura).

*

The earliest polished stone tools in the world. Pre- Jōmon (Japanese Paleolithic ) period, 30,000 BCE. *

Incipient Jōmon pottery (10,000-8,000 BCE), the earliest pottery type in the world. *

A Final Jōmon statuette (1000-400 BCE). *

Horse chariots during the Kofun era
Kofun era
. Detail of bronze mirror (5th-6th century). Eta-Funayama Tumulus, Kumamoto. *

Iron helmet and armour with gilt bronze decoration, Kofun period, 5th century. *

Haniwa horse statuette, complete with saddle and stirrups , 6th century, Japan
Japan
. *

The Buddha, Asuka period
Asuka period
, 7th century. *

Temple tiles from Nara , 7th century. *

Vine and grape scrolls from Nara, 7th century.

HōRYū-JI HōMOTSUKAN (THE GALLERY OF HōRYū-JI TREASURES)

See also: List of Hōryū-ji
Hōryū-ji
Treasures at Tokyo
Tokyo
National Museum
Museum

Art
Art
works from the 319 Hōryū-ji
Hōryū-ji
Treasures, originally donated to the Imperial Household by Hōryū-ji
Hōryū-ji
in 1878, are exhibited in six rooms. The building was designed by Yoshio Taniguchi and furnished with the latest in conservation technology, and opened in 1999 after a full renovation. The reference room on the 2nd floor mezzanine houses the "digital archive" which allows visitors to view the entire collection of Horyuji Treasures on computer with explanations provided in Japanese, Korean, Chinese, English, French, and German. A restaurant is located on the first floor.

KURODA MEMORIAL HALL

Kuroda Memorial Hall (ICP )

The Kuroda Memorial Hall (黒田記念館, Kuroda kinenkan), built in 1928 to the design of Okada Shinichirō (岡田信一郎), houses and displays works by Kuroda Seiki
Kuroda Seiki
. From 1930 the building housed the Art Research Institute, which developed into the Tokyo
Tokyo
Research Institute for Cultural Properties . After the Institute moved to new premises in 2000, the Kuroda Memorial Hall reopened with a new gallery the following year. With the reorganization of the IAI National Institute for Cultural Heritage in 2007, the Kuroda Memorial Hall was transferred to the Tokyo
Tokyo
National Museum. The gallery reopened after further renewal on 2 January 2015 and is accessible to the general public for a fortnight each January, another fortnight in Spring, and a further fortnight in Autumn. The collection includes 126 oil paintings, 170 drawings, sketchbooks, letters, and other materials relating to the leading yōga artist.

RESEARCH AND INFORMATION CENTER

The Research and Information Center was established in 1984 mainly for scholarly use. It deals with various documents related to archaeological objects, fine art, applied arts, and historic materials of Asia
Asia
and the Middle East, with a special emphasis on Japan's legacy. Visitors may browse through books, magazines, and large-format art books on the open stacks, as well as monochrome and color photographs in the photo cabinets. Admission is free. Materials are mostly in Japanese only.

Available Materials Books: Books and magazines (Japanese, Chinese, European), including exhibition catalogues and archaeological reports. Photographs: Color and monochrome photographs of arts, crafts, and archaeological findings of Japan, Korea, China, and other Asian countries, mainly from the collections of the Tokyo
Tokyo
National Museum.

Image Reproductions Images stocked at Tokyo
Tokyo
National Museum
Museum
are lent for academic or commercial use by color duplicates, digital data or printing papers.

SEE ALSO

* Machida Hisanari

Museums

* Kyoto National Museum
Museum
, Kyoto * Kyushu National Museum
Museum
, Kyūshū
Kyūshū
* Nara National Museum
Museum
, Nara * Greco-Buddhist art * Japanese art
Japanese art
* Silk Road
Silk Road
* Wuzhun Shifan
Wuzhun Shifan
* List of National Treasures of Japan
Japan
(ancient documents) * List of National Treasures of Japan
Japan
(archaeological materials) * List of National Treasures of Japan
Japan
(crafts-others) * List of National Treasures of Japan
Japan
(crafts-swords) * List of National Treasures of Japan
Japan
(paintings) * List of National Treasures of Japan
Japan
(writings)

REFERENCES

* ^ A B Top 100 Art
Art
Museum
Museum
Attendance, The Art
Art
Newspaper , 2014. Retrieved on 13 July 2014. * ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric . (2005). "Museums" in Japan Encyclopedia, pp. 671–673. * ^ A B C D E F G H I J K L M "Outline of the Independent Administrative Institutions National Museum
Museum
2005" (PDF). IAI National Museum
Museum
Secretariat. 2005. p. 9. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-02-26. * ^ IAI National Museum. (2005). Kyushu National Museum, PFDF/p. 16. * ^ IAI National Institutes for Cultural Heritage. (2007). Outline, PDF/p. 5. * ^ Guide Map (Map). Tokyo
Tokyo
National Museum. 2015. * ^ A B 東京文化財研究所黒田記念館本館 (IN JAPANESE). AGENCY FOR CULTURAL AFFAIRS . RETRIEVED 10 SEPTEMBER 2015. * ^ "Kuroda Memorial Hall". Independent Administrative Institution National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo
Tokyo
. Retrieved 10 September 2015. * ^ "Kuroda Memorial Hall". Tokyo
Tokyo
National Museum. Retrieved 10 September 2015.

EXTERNAL LINKS

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Tokyo
National Museum
Museum
Official Site (in English)

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