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(Left) Scale replica of belfry of Todaiji Temple Kamakura period (1185–1333) National Treasure(Right) Scale replica, Main Building of Imperial Hotel, 1923 Frank Lloyd Wright Collection of Imperial Hotel, Ltd.
(Left) Scale replica of belfry of Todaiji Temple Kamakura period (1185–1333) National Treasure (Right) Scale replica, Main Building of Imperial Hotel, 1923 Frank Lloyd Wright Collection of Imperial Hotel, Ltd.
Program Program
Art and Cultural Treasures

The Architecture of Japan: Natural Materials Meet Traditional Techniques

Title The Architecture of Japan: Natural Materials Meet Traditional Techniques
Place Tokyo National Museum National Museum of Nature and Science National Archives of Modern Architecture
Time Late December 2020–February 2021 (TBC)

Outline

This exhibition on the architecture of Japan showcases intricate Japanese architectural models developed using a wide range of natural materials such as timber, earth, and stone. Displays will feature leading masterpieces from the Asuka period (538–710) to the present day. Guests will be able to learn about Japanese architectural culture through models highlighting the characteristics of various building styles, explanations of wooden architecture techniques, and guided tours. Visitors will also be able to learn about traditional Japanese wooden architecture, which was nominated for the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2018, through informative displays presenting recent efforts to train the next generation of craftspeople, enhance skills, and procure raw materials and tools.

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