In Japanese tradition, there are twelve zodiac signs that repeat in a cycle: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and boar. 2019 is the Year of the Boar.
In January the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno is showing a special thematic exhibition that features works of art with boar motives, symbols of strength and good harvests. Some works like the Haniwa terracotta objects in the exhibition date back from the 6th century. Other paintings and statues are more recent works of art, like a boar painting by Kishi Renzan from the 19th century and a boar statue by Ishikawa Komei from 1912.
Other works on display for the New Year have been selected for their auspicious motives. These include Views of Mount Fuji by master ukiyo-e painter and printmaker Katsushika Hokusai and lavishly decorated objects and costumes. Several items included in the display are National Treasures.
Please enjoy this colorful and interesting introduction into 2019!
New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum
January 2 to 27, 2019 in the Honkan (Japanese Gallery)
For details & opening hours please see https://www.tnm.jp/
Access: 10 minutes walk through Ueno Park from Ueno Station