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Nezu Museum of Art Special Exhibition "Kirra raden"

Period: Jan 9, 2021 - Feb 14
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Raden is a technique of decorating shells with sparkling naych layers by cutting them into the shape of a style, fitting them in and pasting them. "Screw" means to decorate with a snail, and "aen" means to decorate with shellfish. In Asia, lacquerware techniques were also used, mainly late-night shellfish and abalone shellfish. The color of the shell piece is not just white, it has a shimmer of blue to red gradient as if it were flashing from within. The world interwoven with the shellfish and the beautiful luster unique to lacquer has fascinated people since ancient times. In this exhibition, you will enjoy the charm of the kirara raden of the Chinese continent, the Korean Peninsula, Japan, and the Ryukyus while retesting the history of the acceptance and development of raden technology in Japan, centering on the collection of the Nezu Museum of Art.

*This exhibition is by appointment. For details, please check the Nezu Museum of Art website from the following URL.

Hours10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (admission until 4:30 p.m.)
HolidayEvery Monday 
However, it is open on Monday, January 11 (holiday) and closed on Tuesday, January 12
Parking9 cars (including 1 priority parking lot for people with disabilities)
TransportationGinza, Hanzomon, and Chiyoda subway lines
Get off at Omotesando Station
8-minute walk from exit A5 (stairs)
10-minute walk from exit B4 (stairs and elevator)
10-minute walk from exit B3 (elevator or escort)
AdmissionGeneral 1,300 yen 
Student 1000 yen 
*200 yen for persons presenting disability handbooks and companions, free for junior high school students and younger


6-5-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
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