Third Gallery (Entrance, Asian Gallery) Dreams to Reality with 8K

With the Sponsorship of: SHARP CORPORATION

Have you ever wanted to hold a legendary tea bowl in your hand? Or use a light to study the details of a Buddhist statue? Many people probably wish they could do those things, and it would be wonderful if museums could let them. Today, those dreams really can come true thanks to applications using high-resolution 8K images and interactive controllers.

*A queue numbering system is used to alleviate congestion. Depending on the level of congestion, we may finish issuing numbered tickets even during the Museum’s opening hours.

  • Third Gallery Dreams to Reality with 8K


Highlights of
the Exhibition

Cultural Properties in 8K: A Hands-On Look at Legendary Tea Bowls

Use hands-on controllers of the same size and shape as real Cultural Properties to rotate high-definition images on 8K monitors 360 degrees and appreciate the originals from any angle you like. Choose your favorite of six famous tea bowls to handle and turn.

*This media content was created by the Agency for Cultural Affairs as part of the Fiscal Year 2021 Initiative to Promote the Regional Development of Local Cultural Properties (A Project Utilizing State-of-the-Art Technology to Create Media Content Based on Cultural Properties). (With the cooperation of Kyushu National Museum and Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum.)

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Cultural Properties in 8K: An Investigation with Mihotoke

Investigate Buddhist statuary on an imposing 120-inch monitor. Using a flashlight-shaped control device, you can shine light on the expression of these statues and reveal details that you wouldn't normally be able to see. Hunt for the highlights of these works of Buddhist art in the same way that museum curators do.

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Japanese Artworks


  • Important Art Object
    Tea Bowl, Named "Uraku Ido"

    Joseon dynasty, 16th century

    Bowls like this one were mass-produced for daily use on the Korean peninsula. Some were shipped to Japan, where tea masters admired their rustic, unpretentious style. One of this bowl's most admired features—the bumpy, crackled glaze—formed when the clay and glaze contracted at different rates after firing.

  • Important Cultural Property
    Bowl with a Foliate Rim, Named "Bakōhan"

    Southern Song dynasty, 13th century

    This masterpiece from the Longquan kilns in China, renowned for celadon wares, was repaired using pins now likened to locusts.

  • Tea Bowl, Named "Furisode (Swinging Sleeves)"

    Azuchi-Momoyama-Edo period, 16th-17th century

    This tea bowl, with its simple designs and white, ceramic-glaze coating, is an example of the type called Shino made in the Mino region of Gifu Prefecture. The plant designs that seem to represent flowers and Eulalia grass are painted on the tea bowl and are visible through the glaze.

  • Tea Bowl, Named "Amadera (Nunnery)"

    Studio of Chōjirō; Raku ware, Black Raku type
    Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century

    The tea master Sen no Rikyū commissioned the potter Chōjirō to create tea bowls with a rustic aesthetic. This bowl was formed entirely by hand, without the aid of a potter's wheel.

  • Tea Bowl, Kiseto Dōhimo Type

    Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century
    Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum

    Yellow pottery like this was produced in Mino (modern-day Gifu prefecture) in the 16th and 17th centuries. This bowl was apparently made in the famous Seto kilns and was thus adjudged to be an example of "Kiseto" ("yellow seto") ware. This was originally a mukōzuke vessel used for serving food during kaiseki meals.

  • Important Cultural Property
    Tenmoku Tea Bowl with Oil-Spot Patterns

    Southern Song dynasty, 12th-13th century
    Kyushu National Museum

    This object has the typical shape of the tenmoku tea bowl in the Kensan style (tea bowls produced in the Jian kiln in China). Small oil spots emerged densely both inside and outside the bowl covered by jet-black glaze. These irregular silver oil spots with a slightly bluish hue are a unique feature of tenmoku glaze.

  • Important Cultural Property

    Kamakura period, 13th century

    Sculptors in the Kamakura period (1192-1333) began using a variety of new materials to great effect. Inlaid crystals give this bodhisattva's eyes and lips a realistic sheen, while gold paint gives his body a gentle glow that represents spiritual enlightenment.

  • Important Cultural Property
    The Eleven-Headed Bodhisattva Kannon

    Tang dynasty, 7th century

    Carved from a single piece of sandalwood, an aromatic material believed to increase the miracle-granting properties of Buddhist statues, this work combines intricate details with facial expressions influenced by Indian art.

  • Bodhisattva

    Kushan dynasty, 2nd century

    Bodhisattvas are depicted in royal attire with exquisite jewelry. This attire is based on what the Buddha Śākyamuni was thought to look while he was still a young prince. This bodhisattva's hairstyle and lack of hair ornaments suggest he is Maitreya, a future savior of the people.