Artist’s exclusive: Japan Travel Blog – the Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo National Museum is unlike any museum I have ever visited. It is huge, organised and has lots of space. It actually succeeds in organising millennia of artefacts and sculptures into a semblance of order. One gallery begins by explaining:
“Japan has three main traditions of sculpture, Buddhist deities, Shinto deities and portraits of people”
There is room to appreciate each of the amazing exhibits with the reverence they deserve.
My standout favourite sculptures were these; a painted wood sculpture of ‘The Wisdom King Fudo,’ from the 11th century, with firey frieze, and a stunning bronze Buddha. They were both on a superhuman scale and displayed with restraint and perfect lighting.
In addition, I saw breathtaking screens, painted with feather brushes, with composition so balanced and harmonious it was awe-inspiring.
And fabulous Kimono
And furthermore, I admired tea houses on the grounds and finally understood how these houses are large immersive experiences complete with texture, light, considered space, implements of ritual and practised restraint.