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2018
Map of Japan created by Ino Tadataka

Map of Japan created by Ino Tadataka

April 25, 2018 - July 1, 2018

Shape of Japan that has been traced step by step

In the Edo period, Tadataka Ino surveyed Japan over a period of 17 years from the age of 56, and for the first time completed a map of Japan that had been made by taking actual measurements.
In order to accurately measure distances, it is said that he trained himself to always walk with the same stride. The map he produced was so refined that it compares favorably to current satellite photos. Furthermore, he drew his map beautifully like a painting, describing details down to the terrain of the mountains and coastline and the landscape of the highways.
How did Tadataka and his team create this elaborate map?
We will use virtual reality to uncover the mystery that surrounds Tadataka Ino’s map of Japan, examining a wide range of aspects from the features of his work to his actual surveying method.

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

Secrets of Screen Paintings

Secrets of Screen Paintings:
Wind God and Thunder God and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn

January 4, 2018 - April 22, 2018

There’s something behind the byobu (folding screen) painting Wind God and Thunder God.
What was the hidden sentiment in Sakai Hoitsu’s masterpiece Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn?
Explore the secrets on the front and back of the byobu screen.

These delicate flowers are drenched by rain and battered by wind. One can almost hear the wind whistling past in this scene depicted by the late-Edo Period painter, Sakai Hoitsu, in his byobu screen painting Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn. Hoitsu was born into a daimyo family and was a man of many talents, having also made a contribution to the world of haiku.
Were you aware that the masterpiece of Hoitsu’s later years —Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn— was actually painted on the rear-side of a byobu screen per a request Hoitsu received? The byobu screen was painted by a master painter whom Hoitsu had long admired and considered to be his painting mentor.
What sentiment did Hoitsu wish to convey by painting Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn on the rear of this byobu screen? We’ll use virtual reality to explore the secrets concealed in how the rear of the screen relates to the front.

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

2017
DOGU A Pictorial Guide to the Jomon Period

DOGU A Pictorial Guide to the Jomon Period

August 2, 2017 - November 5, 2017

Clay figures do not speak, nor do they move.
But onece they are in the hands of an archaeologist, they begin to reveal their secrets.

The Jomon Period lasted for well over 10,000 years. Despite there being no written records, we can still imagine what life was like for the people during that time by the artifacts we dig up from the ground. Come with us now on a trip to the Jomon Period as we examine the clay figures and pottery through the eyes of an archaeologist.

“Dogu Road” where you can meet the dogus from across Japan lined in chronological order.

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

Kumamoto Castle -The Invincible Castle Built by Kato Kiyomasa

Kumamoto Castle -The Invincible Castle Built by Kato Kiyomasa-

April 26, 2017 - July 30, 2017

Invincible Kumamoto Castle what makes this castle so unique?

Kato Kiyomasa was a powerful, valiant samurai warrior who lived during the Sengoku period. He was also known as an expert of castle construction. Famed for his castle-building prowess, Kato Kiyomasa was appointed by the regent Toyotomi Hideyoshi and shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu to build a number of castles. Kato Kiyomasa had extensive experience in castle construction and had valiantly fought in numerous battles. He constructed his own Kumamoto Castle with iron-tight defense strategies to protect the castle should a siege occur. Now, let's go inside the castle and head towards main donjon and honmaru palace with our navigator, as if we were trying to invade the impregnable structure.

Main donjon from south
Main donjon with defense strategies
Honmaru palace made for actual battle

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Kumamoto Castle Tourism Exchange Service Co., Ltd.
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

The Keep of Edo Castle

The Keep of Edo Castle

January 4, 2017 - April 23, 2017

What did the keep of Edo Castle really look like?

The last keep of Edo Castle built by the third shogun of Tokugawa Family, Tokugawa Iemitsu, is said to have been the largest in history and was created using the most advanced building techniques of the day and a tremendous amount of financial power. So what did this incredible castle actually look like? How was it made? Designs and drawings give us some clues, as do the cultural assets and traditional techniques that survive to this day. We've used them to create a program that lets you join us in the exciting process of recreating the keep of Edo Castle.

Exquisitely crafted shachi carp ornaments
Based on historical research, designs and ornamental metal fittings of the roof have been recreated
Structural recreation based on drawings

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

2016
From Azuchi Castle to Cypress Trees and Nijo Castle

From Azuchi Castle to Cypress Trees and Nijo Castle

September 28, 2016 - December 23, 2016

Following the dream of a world of peace from Azuchi Castle to Nijo Castle

In 1579, the long Sengoku period was coming to an end. Oda Nobunaga finally completed the unprecedented Azuchi Castle and showed the people of the time a brand new world. However, in just three years Nobunaga had been toppled and the castle was burned down, the dream of a new world reduced to ashes…. Let's go out to see the view that Nobunaga saw in 1579 from the central tower of Azuchi Castle. Then let's go to 1626's Nijo Castle to see the peaceful world finally realized 50 years later. The scenery from Azuchi Castle was unforgettable and came to be passed down to subsequent generations. In this tour, we will visit three locations in pursuit of the dream of this world of peace, handed down from Oda Nobunaga to Toyotomi Hideyoshi and then to the entire Tokugawa Shogun Dynasty: Azuchi Castle, Cypress Trees (folding screen), and Nijo Castle. So let's depart — following the guidance of the navigator in the Museum Theater!

Sliding door panels on the 5th floor of the Azuchi Castle central tower*1
Cypress Trees (folding screen) created by order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Ohiroma Shi-no-ma (Fourth Grand Chamber) of Nijo Castle*2

*1 Production and supervision: Omihachiman City / Castle keep restoration: Akira Naito (former president of Aichi Sangyo University)
Castle murals restoration:Yoshinao Hirai / Production: Toppan Printing Co.,Ltd.
*2 Supervision & Photos: Nijo Castle / Production:Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

A tea leaf Jar made by Ninsei

A tea leaf Jar made by Ninsei

September 7, 2016 - September 25, 2016

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

Digital Autopsy of the Tokyo National Museum's Ancient Egyptian Mummy

Digital Autopsy of the Tokyo National Museum's Ancient Egyptian Mummy

July 13, 2016 - September 4, 2016

In 1904, Egypt sent a mummy to the Tokyo National Museum as a gift. At its new home in the Tokyo National Museum, the mysterious coffin, completely covered in black material, ensconced in a deep mystery. Finally, the latest technological advances have revealed the mysteries of our precious mummy covered in a black veil. What was drawn on the coffin? Who was the person wrapped in bandages? How and why was the mummy made? The truth of ancient Egyptian mummy is now revealed after three thousand years of deep sleep. Come and enjoy incredibly realistic sensations that can be experienced with the latest virtual reality technology.

VR image using the data captured by CT scanners
How to make mummies

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

Folding Screens of Scenes in and around Kyoto, Funaki version

Folding Screens of Scenes in and around Kyoto, Funaki version

April 20, 2016 - July 10, 2016

〈the first term〉
The first term introduces the area from Shijo Gawara district to Hoko-ji Daibutsuden (the building that houses a large Buddha statue at Hoko-ji temple), which no longer exist. You will see a theater staging joururi, a style of storytelling using puppets, and classic kabuki drama from the early Edo period. Then, witness the unique freedom and energy of life in the pre-Edo period while walking around the Kamogawa River.

〈the second term〉
The second term will take you to the Gion Festival, temples, and shirines in the city as we make our way towards Nijo-jo castle, stopping by a bustling everyday shopping district to see the local merchants in action. At the Nijo-jo castle, get a feel for the new Tokugawa shogunate era as you learn about the traditional kitchen and cuisine as well as the courts of justice.

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

Masterpieces of Japanese Decorative Art from the TNM Collection

Masterpieces of Japanese Decorative Art from the TNM Collection

January 6, 2016 - April 17, 2016

“Tea leaf Jar. Design of moon and plum tree in overglaze enamels.” by Nonomura Ninsei, and “Writing box. Design of Yatsu-hashi bridge.” by Ogata Korin, are both prominent Japanese works created in the Edo period. The former is classified as an Important Cultural Property and the latter as a National Treasure by the Japanese government.
Nonomura Ninsei was a craftsman most famous for kyoyaki ceramics (Kyoto ceramics). He started the Omuro kiln in front of the gates of Ninnaji Temple in the Rakuhoku area of Kyoto. He made pottery for the emperor, nobility, and other high-status customers, and he opened up a new field of work through his overglaze enamels. One of Ninsei's most definitive works, “Tea leaf Jar. Design of moon and plum tree in overglaze enamels.” portrays a truly colorful scene of a full moon and great plum trees with blossoming red and white flowers. Using our digital archive, it is possible to view this painting from perspectives not possible when viewing the real article. Experience for yourself the microcosm created by Ninsei upon this limited surface.
Also of the Edo period, Ogata Korin was a genius artist of the Rinpa school. The most prominent lacquer art piece among Korin's many great works is “Writing box. Design of Yatsu-hashi bridge.” The exterior of the box features irises and the “Eight Bridges (Yatsu-hashi),” a famous scene of Japanese classical literature found in The Tales of Ise (Ise monogatari). The interior is decorated with a water pattern. If the box is viewed from the inside, the interior water pattern and exterior painting overlap to create a variety of intersections in an image of utter beauty.

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

2015
Map of Japan created by Ino Tadataka

Map of Japan created by Ino Tadataka
Accurate and beautiful maps of Japan produced in the 19th century

October 14, 2015 - December 23, 2015

Shape of Japan that has been traced step by step

In the Edo period, Tadataka Ino surveyed Japan over a period of 17 years from the age of 56, and for the first time completed a map of Japan that had been made by taking actual measurements. In order to accurately measure distances, it is said that he trained himself to always walk with the same stride. The map he produced was so refined that it compares favorably to current satellite photos. Furthermore, he drew his map beautifully like a painting, describing details down to the terrain of the mountains and coastline and the landscape of the highways.
How did Tadataka and his team create this elaborate map? We will use virtual reality to uncover the mystery that surrounds Tadataka Ino's map of Japan, examining a wide range of aspects from the features of his work to his actual surveying method.

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
[Illustration] Statue of Tadataka Ino, Tomioka Hachimangu

Digital Autopsy of the Tokyo National Museum's Ancient Egyptian Mummy

Digital Autopsy of the Tokyo National Museum's Ancient Egyptian Mummy

July 8, 2015 - October 12, 2015

An ancient mummy was gifted to Japan in 1904. The coffin which is covered by black substance, had been asleep in the Tokyo National Museum, with many hidden secrets. Now, colorful images and even the appearance of Pasherienptah himself are uncovered using the latest technology. The truth about the ancient Egypt will be revealed after 3000 years. Please enjoy the world as if you were there through the virtual reality technology.

VR image using the data captured by CT scanners
X-Ray CT Scanner

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

Edo Castle and the history of Ueno Park

Edo Castle and the history of Ueno Park

April 29, 2015 - July 5, 2015

The Edo Era spanned from the 17th to the 19th Century, during which 15 generations of the Tokugawa family ruled over a period of over 250 years. Edo Castle, which was the home of the Shogun and the epicenter of the Tokugawa Shogunate, is recreated using virtual reality technology. In the second part, we look back at the landscape of Ueno Park, which began as the perimeter area of Kan'eiji Temple, the Shogun's place of Buddhist worship, based on images from the Edo, Meiji and Taisho Eras.

Edo Castle in 1638
The Grand Chamber

[Production] Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum / Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum

National Treasure : Cypress Trees and Kano Eitoku

National Treasure : Cypress Trees and Kano Eitoku

January 4, 2015 - April 26, 2015

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

2014
The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures : Masterpieces of Price Regent Shotoku

The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures : Masterpieces of Price Regent Shotoku - Illustrated Biography of Prince Regent Shotoku and Banner for the Kanjo -

October 1, 2014 - February 1, 2015

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
[collaborator] Horyuji

DOGU Goddess that Became a National Treasure

DOGU Goddess that Became a National Treasure

October 1, 2014 - December 7, 2014

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

DDOGU Message from the People of Jomon

DOGU Message from the People of Jomon

July 16, 2014 - September 28, 2014

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

Map of Japan created by Ino Tadataka

Map of Japan created by Ino Tadataka

June 4, 2014 - September 28, 2014

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
“Statue of Tadataka Ino" and "Measurement Tools” : The Inoh Tadataka Museum, Katori City, Chiba

Kitora Tumulus

Kitora Tumulus

April 22, 2014 - July 13, 2014

[Production] Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties / Independent Administrative Institution National Institutes for Cultural Heritage Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties / Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

National Treasure: The Ashura Statue of Kohfukuji

National Treasure: The Ashura Statue of Kohfukuji

January 8, 2014 - April 20, 2014

[Supervision] Kohfukuji / Hiroaki Kaneko / Kakichi Suzuki
[Production] The Asahi Shimbun Company / Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

2013
Edo Castle

Edo Castle - From the Pine Corridor of Honmaru Palace to the Keep -

October 23, 2013 - March 2, 2014

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum / Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

Folding Screens of Scenes in and around Kyoto, Funaki version and Matabei Iwasa

Folding Screens of Scenes in and around Kyoto, Funaki version and Matabei Iwasa

October 5, 2013 - December 23, 2013

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

DOGU The Shapes of Prayers by Jomon People

DOGU The Shapes of Prayers by Jomon People - Meeting DOGU through VR -

August 10, 2013 - September 29, 2013

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

Touring the Hustle and Bustle of Rakuchu Rakugai

Touring the Hustle and Bustle of Rakuchu Rakugai : The Authority of the Tokugawa Regime and the Nijo Castle Sliding-Door Paintings - Nijo Castle's Hawk and Tiger that Daimyos Bowed Downed To -

August 10, 2013 - September 29, 2013

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
Wall painting of Nijo Castle: [Supervision & Data] Nijo Castle Office [Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

Master Xuanzang’s Eleven-headed Kannon

Master Xuanzang’s Eleven-headed Kannon - From India to Tang, and to Horyuji, Kohfukuji, and Yakushiji -

April 6, 2013 - July 28, 2013

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
[collaborator] Horyuji/Kohfukuji/Yakushiji/Fujita Museum

Touring the Hustle and Bustle of Rakuchu Rakugai

Touring the Hustle and Bustle of Rakuchu Rakugai : Strolling in the Funaki Screen - Delicacies of Kyoto –

January 2, 2013 - March 31, 2013

[Supervision] Tokyo National Museum
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

Angkor Ruins The Bayon Temple and its Faces

Angkor Ruins The Bayon Temple and its Faces

January 2, 2013 - March 31, 2013

[Supervision] Yukio Imagawa (Former ambassador of Cambodia and Chairman of Khmer Society of Japan) / Tokyo National Museum
[Measurement data] Ikeuchi Lab, University of Tokyo
[Photo] BAKU Saito / Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
[collaborator] APSARA Authority, Cambodia / Japanese Government Team for Safeguarding Angkor / Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. / Setharin,Penn
[Production] Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.