Feature Exhibition: First Glimpse! The Enthronement of an Emperor

General Information

Exhibition Title Feature Exhibition
First Glimpse! The Enthronement of an Emperor
Period January 30-March 10, 2019
On February 24, admission is free in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Emperor's Enthronement.
Some artworks may also be rotated during the exhibition period. The installation schedule is as follows:
Part I: January 30-February 17, 2019
Part II: February 19-March 10, 2019
Venue Heisei Chishinkan Wing (The Collections Galleries), Gallery 1F-4
Transportation JR, Kintetsu Railway, Keihan Railway, Hankyu Railway, City Bus / Map
Closed - Monday
*The museum will be opened on February 11 (national holiday) and closed on February 12.

Museum Hours Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Entrance Until 4:30 p.m.)
Friday, Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Entrance until 7:30 p.m.)
Admission Adult 520 yen (410 yen)
Univ. Student 260 yen (210 yen)
(Fees in parentheses are for groups of 20+)
*Admission is free for youths of high school age and below.

Images from the Exhibit

2019 is the year planned for the abdication of the Emperor Heisei and the ascension of his son Crown Prince Naruhito to the throne. A little over three-and-a-half centuries ago, in 1663, an earlier ruler Emperor Go-Sai (1638–1685) abdicated his throne. In his place, Prince Satohito (1654–1732), the nineteenth son of the earlier Emperor Gomizunoo, ascended as Emperor Reigen.

In recent years, a rare pair of folding screens by Kano Einō (1631–1697) has been re-discovered, depicting these abdication and enthronement ceremonies. How were such rituals conducted? Who formed the processions? These screens, which are being exhibited for the first time ever alongside related objects, give us a timely glimpse into the hidden world of imperial transition.

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