Annual Events

Annual Schedule ( April 2012 - March 2013 )

  • The Pictures of Japanese Hand Paper-Making ~ Picture Scrolls and Books ~The Pictures of Japanese Hand Paper-Making
    ~ Picture Scrolls and Books ~

    March 17 - May 27

    The methods of hand paper-making technology had not been reported for a long time since Engishiki ( The statute details of enforcement by government) in Heian Period (400 years started from 794).
    Especially the numbers of the picture scrolls of hand paper-making are quite few. The reason is based on that the methods of hand paper-making had been keeping secretly and the method was transmitted from a father to a son restrictedly.
    In Edo period, the book publication of the illustrated paper-making method came out because people were able to use many kinds of papers when papers started to appear in the market. The picture scrolls and books of Japanese hand paper-making during Edo and Meiji periods, which are preserved in our museum, will be shown in this exhibition.

    Events

    + April 19, May 17, Washi Work Shop
    + March 17, 31, April 14, 28, May 12, 26, Museum Talk
    + May 3, Demonstration of Hand Printing Ukiyo-e, Japanese colored woodblock print
    + May 5, ' Let's Make Kabuto, Japanese Skull for Samurai, by newsprints '

  • The Special Series of Paper in Summer Recording and Papers  〜 Writing on Papers 〜The Special Series of Paper in Summer
    Recording and Papers 〜 Writing on Papers 〜

    July 1 - September 2

    Mankind has been developing culture and civilization by obtaining the technology of recording various histories and knowledge. Among many recording materials, `papers` can be pointed out as the most important material.
    What is the reason why papers have been used all over the world, although papyrus, wood slats and parchments etc. were used in each areas of the world ?
    Paper history, paper characteristics and other materials will be introduced in this exhibition.

    Events

    + July 26, ' Let's go to A Paper Mill with Your Parents '
    + August 2, ' Let's Study about Papers '
    + August 16, ' Let's Make Papers from Vegetable Materials '
    + August 23, Work Shop of Milk Carton

  • Seki, Yoshikuni Collection 〜 Passion and Research for Papers 〜Seki, Yoshikuni Collection
    〜 Passion and Research for Papers 〜

    September15 - November25

    Yoshikuni Seki had devoted himself for the collection and research of wide range of various Japanese papers and paper-related documents, left the huge amount of Japanese paper collection and also published many books on Japanese papers. His collection includes very precious Japanese and Western papers which have not been produced, processing papers such as somegami (dyed papers) and chiyogami (papers with colored patterns), chirimenshi (crepe papers), archives and old records, ukiyoe of paper making, advertisement posters, trademarks, paper related Japanese and western books, the catalogs of various papers and paper making machines, plans and drawing, row materials of papers etc.
    In honor of the 120th birth of Yoshikuni Seki, this exhibition will be the first showing of the collection.

    Events

    + November 3, A Lecture ' Seki,Yoshikuni and his collection '

  • Karuta, Japanese playing cards and Sugoroku, Japanese backgammon 〜 Playing Paper Items in New Year Holidays 〜Karuta, Japanese playing cards and Sugoroku, Japanese backgammon
    〜 Playing Paper Items in New Year Holidays 〜

    December15 - March3, 2013

    In New Year holidays the traditional paper products are used such as gohei (offerings to Japanese God), mizuhiki (hardened string-bands made of paper), hashi-zutumi (wrapping papers of chopstick), omikuji (fortune slips), pochi-bukuro (paper pouch for gifts), etc.
    Pape-made both Karuta and Sugoroku, which reflected the age and the region, were the standard playing goods for children during New Year holidays. Those Karuta and Sugoroku inform us the age when they were produced and the region where they were manufactured.
    Recently those Karuta and Sugoroku are difficult to be seen because of the change of the culture of children play, like the appearance of the video game and the change of family structure and the living environment.
    The appealing points of the paper playing items of New Year, especially Karuta and Sugoroku which can be played among your family and with your friends, will be introduced in this exhibition.

    Events

    + January 14, ' Let's Play with Karuta (Japanese playing cards) '
    + February 3, ' Let's Play with Sugoroku (Japanese backgammon) '

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