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Friday, Nov. 25, 2011


"Noh Masks and Costumes from the Mitsui Collection"


Staff writer

Showing approximately 100 noh masks and costumes drawn from the Mitsui Memorial Museum's collections, this exhibition was curated to present the "profound and subtle beauty" of a uniquely Japanese art form.

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"Okina (Hakushiki-jyo)," an Important Cultural Property attributed to Nikko (Muromachi Period, 1392-1573). MITSUI MEMORIALMUSEUM; KANEI MASAMICHI PHOTO

Master mask-carver Kazumichi Hashioka's donation of eight masks and 100 volumes of Genna-uzuki-bon noh chants, are particularly prized pieces in the museum's collection. And with 54 masks from the Important Cultural Property ex-Kongo Family collection, along with noh costumes, instruments and song books from the Mitsui family, this is a chance to admire important artifacts representing departed spirits, personified deities, and vengeful demons, which are being collectively displayed for the first time; till Jan. 28.

Mitsui Memorial Museum; (03) 5777-8600; Nihonbashi Muromachi Building, 7F, 2-1-1 Chuo-ku, Tokyo; 1-min walk from Exit A7 of Mitsukoshimae Station, Ginza Line. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon. and Dec. 26-Jan. 2, Jan 10; open Jan. 9. www.mitsui-museum.jp/english/english.html.

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