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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Exhibition Public - Asia

National Treasure “Minuyo-no-Tomo” and the Beauty of kohitsu

Idemitsu Museum of Arts
9th Floor, Teigeki Bldg., 3-1-1,Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo, Japan
Apr 23, 2022 To Jun 05, 2022

Detail: The excellent calligraphy of Heian and Kamakura periods has been cherished as kohitsu (literally, old calligraphy). kohitsu generally refers to fine calligraphy of waka poems, but more widely it refers to various forms and styles of calligraphy including shakyō(hand-copied Buddhist sutras) and tales, writing on kaishi and tanzaku (paper for poetry), diaries and letters. The use of colorfully decorated ryōshi paper and elegant lines of scripts show the esthetic of the period. In later periods, they were divided into fragments and made into kakejiku (hanging scrolls) and tekagami (albums of fragments or detached segments), delighting the eyes of many. In this exhibition, we will introduce the beautiful world of kohitsu and present National Treasure “Minoyu-no-Tomo” for the first time after its restoration.

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