Exhibitions

The Toguri Museum of Art:
Exhibition Schedule for April 2020 – March 2021


◇April 11-June 7, 2020

Toguri Museum, Best of Collection: Imari and Nabeshima

 Imari ware, Japan’s first domestically made porcelain, which so enriched the lives of people during the Edo period. Nabeshima ware, made exclusively as gifts of tribute to the shogun. These two splendid types of Japanese porcelain form the core of the collection of the Toguri Museum of Art. In this exhibition, we present the very best of our collection while sharing with visitors the basics of ceramic appreciation.

Bowl, decorated with five ships and European figures design in underglaze blue, overglaze enamels and gold. Imari ware. Edo period. The first half of the 18th century.



◇July 7-Sept. 9, 2020

Toguri Museum, Best of Collection: Chinese Porcelain

For the first time in 13 years, the Toguri Museum of Art presents an exhibition of Chinese porcelain. Our museum’s founder, Tohru Toguri, poured his heart and soul into building a stunning collection, and our holdings of top-quality blue-and-white wares from the Yuan era and the official kilns of the Ming era, in particular, are not to be missed. In addition to approximately 80 pieces that represent the best of our Chinese porcelain collection, for a very limited period, from Aug. 9 to 16, we will display an extremely rare lacquered boshan lu (hill censer) incense burner.


Dish with foliated rim, decorated with floral arabesque in underglaze blue. Jingdezhen ware. Yuan dynasty. 14th century.



◇Sept. 21-Dec. 20, 2020

Fascinating Shapes in Ko-Imari - I

Exports of Imari ware began towards the end of the 1640s and reached their peak in the 1670s. The Dutch East India Company distributed a great deal of Imari ware across a wide geographic area outside of Japan, including southeast Asia and western Europe. In this exhibition we will explore how Imari ware enjoyed widespread popularity during this period of export, not only in Japan but throughout the world.


Dish, decorated with flower basket design in underglaze blue. Imari ware. Edo period. The second half of the 17th century.



◇Jan. 7-March 21, 2021

Imari Ware for the Classical Arts: Tea, Flowers and Incense

Much of the production of Imari ware consists of dishes for serving food yet there are also surviving examples of utensils made for the three classical arts of refinement: the tea ceremony, flower arranging and the appreciation of scent. In the households of the upper classes and wealthy merchants of the Edo period, these pursuits were considered both pleasures and necessary social refinements. In this exhibition, we present about 80 examples of Edo-era Imari ware utensils for the classical arts that demonstrate true mastery in design and form.


Water jar, “mizusashi”, decorated with phoenix design in underglaze blue. Imari ware. Edo period. The second half of the 17th century.