January 2018 in Tokyo Ueno


2017.01.11 (Wed)

Starting into the Year of the Dog

2018 is the Year of the Dog in Japan and it has started with many New Year traditions and celebrations.

At the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno the celebrations continue until the end of January with a special exhibitions for the New Year. You can see works with auspicious motifs, some rarely exhibited masterpieces, kimonos, and works featuring dogs. Because 2018 is the Year of the Dog in Japan.

New Year’s Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum

Celebrating the New Year with Dogs in History and Art

Honkan Room T1 & T2 January 2, 2018 (Tue) - January 28, 2018 (Sun)

People have shared their lives and homes with dogs throughout history, so it is only natural to find man’s best friend depicted in works of art. One theme of this exhibition is "Dogs in Different Shapes”. From cute puppies to ferocious guard dogs, there are many kinds of dogs from Japan and overseas. Another theme is "Dogs and People" and it explores the relationship between dogs and humans.

For details and opening hours, please check the Tokyo National Museum’s website The museum is located in Ueno Park near Ueno Station.

Take a walk through Ueno Park and visit the statue of Saigo Takamori and his dog Tsun

Saigo Takamori (1828-1877) was a famous samurai and an influential leader during the last years of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the Meiji Restoration (1868) when the modernization of Japan began. His sculpture in Ueno Park is one of the most famous sculptures in Tokyo. It was made in 1898 by the sculptor Koun Takamura, the father of poet Kotaro Takamura. It is 3.7m high, weighs about 9 tons and shows Takamori out with his dog Tsun.

Also taking place in Ueno this January: “Hokusai and Japonisme”

The National Museum of Western Art is only a five minute walk through Ueno Park from the Tokyo National Museum. Until January 28, 2018 you can see the special exhibition “Hokusai and Japonisme” here. The museum building is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of “The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement”. Outside the entrance are several of Auguste Rodin's sculptures.

Please see the National Museum of Western Art’s website for details.

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