Special Exhibition “Resurrected Shosoin Treasures: Tenpyo’s Skills in Reproduction Imitation”

Daisaku Memorial Special Exhibition “Resurrected Shosoin Treasures: The Art of Tenpyo in Reproduction Imitation”

Dates: Wednesday, January 26 to Sunday, March 27, 2022


Suntory Museum of Art (Roppongi, Tokyo/ Director: Shingo Torii) will hold a special exhibition to commemorate the Great University of Tokyo from Wednesday, January 26 to Sunday, March 27, 2022.


In commemoration of the imperial family’s celebrations, including the enthronement of the Emperor, an exhibition will be held to show a number of elaborate reproduction imitations of Shosoin treasures.


Shosoin Treasure is about 9,000 items handed down to Shosoin Shoso, which was the storehouse of Todaiji Temple in Nara. Many of them are made in the Nara period, including items related to Emperor Shomu, and range from a variety of fields, including furnishings, musical instruments, play equipment, weapons and armor, stationery, Buddhist altar fittings, documents, dyeing and weaving. Inside, it includes international goods brought from the Western Region and the Tang Dynasty, so you can learn about the tenpyo culture and the east-west exchange at that time. However, since the Shosoin treasures that have been around for nearly 1,300 years have been extremely fragile, they have hardly been exhibited except for the “Shosoin Exhibition” held in Nara every autumn.


The imitation production of Shosoin treasures began at the Nara Exposition held at Todaiji Temple in Nara in the Meiji era. From the latter half of the Meiji period, imitation production was worked as a business integrated with repair under the Shosoin Gosoin arrangement of the Imperial Household Ministry, but from 1972 (1972) imitation production with an emphasis on faithful reproduction of treasure materials, techniques, and structures began to be performed by the Imperial Household Agency Shosoin Office, which manages treasures. Since then, many excellent works have been produced by fusing the skilled skills of living national treasures and traditional technology holders with the latest research and research results.


This exhibition is a collection of selected masterpieces from hundreds of reproduction imitation works produced so far. You will be exposed to the beauty and technique of The Tenpyo that has been reproduced, and you will also feel the significance of inheriting traditional Japanese techniques.




▼Period: Wednesday, January 26 to Sunday, March 27, 2022

* In order to protect the work, we will change the exhibition during the exhibition.

*The exhibition is subject to change. Please check the hotel’s website for the latest information.

Organizers: Imperial Household Agency Shosoin Office, Suntory Museum of Art, Asahi Shimbun, NHK

▼Academic Cooperation: Nara National Museum, Kyushu National Museum

▼Sponsors: Suntory Holdings, Mitsui Fudosan, Live Art Books

▼Supported by Japan Craft Association

Venue: Suntory Museum of Art

Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

〈Nearest station〉 Directly connected from Roppongi Station Exit 8 on the Toei Oedo Line

Directly connected to Roppongi Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line via an underground passageway

Approximately 3 minutes’ walk from Exit 3 of Nogizaka Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line


【Basic Information】

Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

*Open until 8:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Thursday, February 10, and Sunday, March 20

*All admissions are open until 30 minutes before closing.

*Opening hours are subject to change. Please check the hotel’s website for the latest information.

Closed: Tuesdays (except March 22)


Same-day tickets: Adults 1,500 yen, university and high school students 1,000 yen, junior high school students and younger free

Advance: Adults 1,300 yen, university and high school students 800 yen

* Available at Suntory Museum of Art reception, Suntory Museum of Art official online ticket, Lawson ticket, Seven Ticket

*Advance tickets are available until the day before the exhibition opens.

*Sales at suntory museum reception are only available on opening days.


・After another discount: 100 yen discount by presenting tickets for special exhibition tickets for the National Art Center, Tokyo and The Mori Art Museum

※Up to one type of discount application (cannot be used together with other discounts)


Tea Ceremony (Matcha and Seasonal Sweets)

Dates: January 27 (Thursday), February 10 (Thursday), February 24 (Thursday), March 10 (Thu) and 24 (Thu)

In front of the score at 12: 13: 13: 14: 14: 15:

(Except for the time before the meal, you are not allowed to enter, and matcha and sweets are not available.) )

Venue: 6th floor tea room “Genchoan” Capacity: 12 people each time / 48 people a day

Tea gift: 1,000 yen (admission fee required separately)

※ Tea gift is sold at the reception on the 3rd floor from 10:00 on the day (reservation is not possible, sales end on a first-come, first-served basis, up to 2 tickets per person)

* It may be changed or canceled. For more information and the latest information, please visit our website.


▼General Inquiry: 03-3479-8600

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