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Thursday, July 5, 2012


"The Mitsui Exhibition-ary of Japanese Art and Design"


Staff writer

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"Otsu-e, Oni no Nenbutsu" ("Praying Goblin"), inscribed by Kakukakusai (18th century) MITSUI MEMORIAL MUSEUM

Every museum-goer must have, at least once, experienced difficulty in understanding some of the complicated expository texts accompanying old art works.

Mitsui Memorial Museum is offering visitors a unique opportunity to learn about difficult terminology by presenting it alongside detailed examinations of related exhibits. On display to help explain terms are a variety of Japanese works — including paintings, calligraphy, ceramics, lacquerware and textiles — all showcased in Japanese alphabetical order to make visitors feel as if they are exploring an encyclopedia; till Aug. 26.

Mitsui Memorial Museum; (03) 5777-8600; 2-1-1, Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo; Nihonbashi Station, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon. www.mitsui-museum.jp/english/english.html

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