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Pine Trees :Tōhaku’s Masterpiece in Ink

Pine Trees :Tōhaku’s Masterpiece in Ink

October 7, 2020 – January 17, 2021

Like a samurai warlord proclaiming a new era after his conquest, the artist Hasegawa Tōhaku proclaimed a new era with his brush. Tōhaku’s ink painting Pine Trees is an enchanting masterpiece that remains shrouded in mystery.

Tōhaku’s enchanting work, which shows a grove of pines wrapped in dense, damp fog, is created entirely out of the masterful use of ink gradation. Tōhaku was a renowned master artist of the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573–1603 CE), and his Pine Trees is one of the most popular of all national treasures held at the Tokyo National Museum. It is also a work steeped in mystery. This virtual reality experience takes you back to the late 16th century to uncover hints about the composition of Pine Trees, tracing the achievements of Tōhaku during his life as an artist. Learn more about what makes Pine Trees so enchanting with commentary on episodes related to the screen, including Hasegawa’s creation of his Maple Tree and Cherry Blossoms. Hasegawa painted this set of paintings for sliding doors, designated a national treasure, for Chishakuin Temple, at the request of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the de facto ruler of Japan at the time. Tōhaku was assisted by his son Kyūzō, who helped him develop the Hasegawa school.

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum/The National Center for the Promotion of Cultural properties
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.


* Screening schedule and capacity are subject to change.

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October 7, 2020 – January 17, 2021

Screening schedule

Wed-Sun, Holidays

Running time : about 35 min.
Maximum screening capacity : 90

* All visitors must make an online reservation to the museum.

* You may not enter/exit mid-way through the program.

* Please purchace tickets ahead of screening time.(Tickets are sold on the day only.)

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