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The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan’s first national art museum, will display various masterpieces at its spring exhibitions in 2017. This will include KAWAI Gyokudo’s “Parting Spring” designated as an Important Cultural Property, and other paintings of cherry blossoms.

The National Museum of Modern Art

The National Museum of Modern Art’s Collection Gallery

The museum’s collection gallery displays 200 works from its collection of more than 13,000 works–mainly masterpieces of modern Japanese art. You can learn of the 20th-century history of Japanese art from works on display with English explanations.

For the cherry blossom season of 2017, the museum’s collection exhibition titled “MOMAT Collection” will present art works, including KAWAI Gyokudo’s “Parting Spring” depicting cherry blossoms falling onto the surface of water and KIKUCHI Hobun’s “Fine Rain on Mt. Yoshino,” from February 18 to April 16.

The museum will also hold a special exhibition, titled “The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl–Transmitting a Secret Art Across Generations of the Raku Family,” on the first floor, displaying masterpieces of “Raku” ware reflecting the philosophy of “wabi-cha” (a style of tea ceremony featuring refined simplicity).

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KAWAI Gyokudo, Parting Spring

KAWAI Gyokudo, Parting Spring

Main attractions of the museum include the “highlight” corner, where the essence of its collection is condensed to allow visitors to enjoy art works in a short period of time, and an observation lounge on the fourth floor commanding a panoramic view of the nature-rich Imperial Palace and skyscrapers.

2017 spring exhibitions

The exterior of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

The exterior of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

– “MOMAT Collection”: February 18 – May 21; 2nd – 4th floors

“The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl–Transmitting a Secret Art Across Generations of the Raku Family”: March 14 – May 21; 1st floor

The museum is conveniently located for those visiting the Imperial Palace, and a must-see place particularly in spring when cherry blossoms are in full bloom. You can view Japanese paintings acclaimed as masterpieces along with cherry blossoms, thereby enjoying Japan’s graceful spring.

Access to the museum is a short walk from 1b exit of Takebashi Station on Tokyo Metro Tozai Line and about 20 – 25 minutes’ walk from JR Tokyo Station and Otemachi Station on Tokyo Metro subway lines.