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Friday, Dec. 2, 2011

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"Sutra Box with Flower Scroll Design in Maki-e" (19-20th Century) by Hikobei Nishimura (Zohiko) MITSUI MEMORIAL MUSEUM

KYOTO

"Zohiko Urushi Art from the Mitsui Memorial Museum Collection"

HOSOMI MUSEUM


By TOMOKO HORI
Staff writer

By the late Edo Period (1603-1867), the Mitsui family had become one of the most powerful mercantile powers in Japan. After the Meiji Restoration of 1868, their business became Mitsui Zaibatsu, a successful financial business conglomerate until its dissolution after World War II.

The Mitsui family were strong supporters of traditional Japanese arts, and among the craft businesses they patronized was Zohiko, a Kyoto-based lacquerware producer established in 1661. Under Mitsui patronage, Zohiko produced exclusive custom-made lacquerware for the Mitsui family.

This exhibition showcases more than 40 Zohiko works, including a tobacco box, desk and writing box that have been passed down through the Mitsui family; Dec. 3-Jan. 29.

Hosomi Museum; (075) 752-5555; 6-3 Okazaki Saishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto; 7-min. walk from Higashiyama Station (Exit 2), Tozai Line. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon., and Dec. 26-Jan. 2; open holidays and closed the following day. www.emuseum.or.jp.

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