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Okura University Museum Special Exhibition "Colored Paper - The World of Paper Decoration"

Period: Apr 6, 2021 - Jun 6
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Paper is generally used for calligraphy. In this exhibition, we will exhibit "colored paper" processed paper to make letters and pictures look more beautiful.
There are various types of "colored paper". There are "paper presses" that are smoothed by damping and beating, paper processed into irregularities to give a change to the characters, and gorgeously decorated paper such as sowing gold and silver on colored paper.
In this exhibition, we will introduce "Kenka Sutra (Daijobu)", which is a solemn sutra of the Nara period, "Kokoma Waka collection" and "Ishiyama kiri", which conveys the glory of dynastic nobles, Otsu paintings that are being reevaluated as Edo paintings, and Arimi Tanaka's reproductions of paper from "Heijie No Sutra" with enlarged images of microscopes. We will shed light on the paper decorations of each era that reflect people's wishes and aesthetics, and explore the changes in prayers, dreams, and beauty entrusted to them.

Hours10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (last admission at 4:30 p.m.)
HolidayEvery Monday (except May 3 (Mondays and holidays), closed on Thursday, May 6)
AdmissionAdults 1,000 yen, University and high school students 800 yen, Junior high school students and younger free
* Please refer to the "Usage Guide" on the Okura Collection Museum website for various discount rates.


2-10-3 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo
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