Wakayama Prefectural Museum - Past Events

Below is a list of all past events for Wakayama Prefectural Museum. Current and upcoming events, as well as other details, are available on the venue's page.

  • poster for An Encyclopedia of Kinokuni’s Finest – Words and Images

    An Encyclopedia of Kinokuni’s Finest – Words and Images

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    • Media: Nihonga
    • 2016-07-16 - 2016-08-31

    With its castle towns, temples, farming and fishing villages, and rich natural environment, Wakayama Prefecture (once known as Kinokuni) is the birthplace of many people who have gone on to become famous...More »

  • Stop Cultural Asset Theft!

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    • 2016-06-11 - 2016-07-10

    There have been multiple incidents of theft of Buddhist statues and other cultural assets around the country. It is time we all came together to consider this serious problem and what we can due to stop...More »

  • poster for Painting the Four Seasons of Kishu

    Painting the Four Seasons of Kishu

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2015-12-12 - 2016-01-17

    The people of the past were more attuned to the changing of the seasons. These landscape paintings by Edo-period artists of the Kishu region offer a taste of the seasons as they unfold from one into another....More »

  • poster for Traditional Whaling in Taiji

    Traditional Whaling in Taiji

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    • Media: Painting - Crafts
    • 2015-11-10 - 2015-12-06

    Artwork introducing the culture and industry of traditional whaling in Taiji during the Edo period. [Related Event] Lecture “Traditional Whaling in Taiji and Global Affairs” Speakers: Hayato Sakurai...More »

  • poster for The Masks Speak

    The Masks Speak

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2015-11-10 - 2015-12-06

    Presenting the diverse forms of ancient masks from around the world, including several introducing the history of Wakayama Prefecture.More »

  • poster for Kobo Daishi and the Mt. Takano Pilgrimage

    Kobo Daishi and the Mt. Takano Pilgrimage

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2015-09-19 - 2015-11-01

    The monk, scholar, and artist Kukai (known posthumously as Kobo Daishi) established Kongobu Shrine on Mount Takano in 816. This exhibition introduces the history of this pilgrimage site marking its 1200th...More »

  • Exploring Wakayama Castle

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2015-07-18 - 2015-09-06

    An exhibition that introduces the history of Wakayama Castle and the surrounding town with easily digestible data. [Related Events] Wakayama Castle Exploration Tour Date: Jul.26 (Sun) and Aug.23...More »

  • Kinokuni - The World of Chinese Poems

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    • Media: Painting - Graphics
    • 2015-06-13 - 2015-07-12

    In the Edo period, people thought that China was the model of study and research. The study and practise of Kara-uta (Chinese poems) was seen as necessary in acquiring knowledge. Exhibited are writings...More »

  • Koyasan and Niutsuhime Shrine

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2015-04-25 - 2015-06-07

    Koyasan is home to an active monastic center founded 1,200 years ago by the great monk Kukai for the study and practice of Esoteric Shingon Buddhism, a faith with a wide following throughout Japan. 117...More »

  • poster for New Collection Works

    New Collection Works

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2015-03-08 - 2015-04-20

    Displaying works purchased or donated to the museum for purposes of the collection, preservation, research, display, and education related to cultural assets with ties to Wakayama Prefecture.More »

  • poster for Artistic Depictions of Kishu

    Artistic Depictions of Kishu

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    • Media: Graphics
    • 2015-01-24 - 2015-03-08

    This exhibition introduces drawings and paintings of Wakayama scenery created for a variety of purposes. Castle town drawings and folding screens are among the displayed works. More »

  • poster for Pure Black: The World of Folio

    Pure Black: The World of Folio

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2014-12-16 - 2015-01-18

    Presenting folios from the museum’s collection, this exhibition introduces the cultures of epigraphy and printing.More »

  • poster for World Heritage Designation 10th Anniversary Exhibition “Kumano— Journey to a Holy Land”

    World Heritage Designation 10th Anniversary Exhibition “Kumano— Journey to a Holy Land”

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    • Media: Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2014-10-18 - 2014-12-07

    This exhibition introduces the history of the Kumano region with cultural assets related to the three Kumano Sanzan shrines and Kumano’s religious pilgrimage routes, while also presenting research on the...More »

  • poster for Kishu Painters of the Edo Period

    Kishu Painters of the Edo Period

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-09-06 - 2014-10-10

    Various painters made a big impact from Kishu, a province of Japan in the part of Honshu that is today Wakayama Prefecture. This exhibition celebrates the painters from Kishu - the forgotten artists, alongside...More »

  • poster for Getting Familiar with Cultural Assets

    Getting Familiar with Cultural Assets

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2014-07-19 - 2014-08-31

    Though Wakayama appears nationwide, many outstanding cultural assets are left behind. This exhibition invites children on their summer holidays to come and explore the cultural assets in an digestible...More »

  • poster for The Tokugawa Rulers of Kishu

    The Tokugawa Rulers of Kishu

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    • 2014-06-07 - 2014-07-13

    Under the system which imposed the abolition of feudal domains and establishment of prefectures the Tokugawa family lost their domain of Kishu and left Wakayama with many of their warriors. This exhibition...More »

  • poster for Kichu’s Sengoku History: The Castle Towers of Kinokuni

    Kichu’s Sengoku History: The Castle Towers of Kinokuni

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    • 2014-04-26 - 2014-06-01

    The medieval period in Japan saw the construction of castle towers across the country, and there are thought to have been hundreds in Wakayama Prefecture alone. From both their remains and excavation research,...More »

  • New Acquisitions Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-03-08 - 2014-04-20

    The Wakayama Prefectural Museum engages in collecting, preserving and researching cultural artifacts associated with the region and provides exhibition and education programs to provide more insight into...More »

  • poster for The Words and Names of Cultural Assets

    The Words and Names of Cultural Assets

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2014-01-25 - 2014-03-02

    The words and names used in exhibitions of Japan’s cultural assets are often complex and difficult to read. This exhibition aims to make Wakayama Prefecture’s cultural assets more accessible to everyone...More »

  • poster for The Many Faces of Masks— The Collection of Taketoshi Inui

    The Many Faces of Masks— The Collection of Taketoshi Inui

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2013-12-07 - 2014-01-19

    Educator, poet, and playwright Taketoshi Inui (92) continues to research the folk culture and arts of burakumin regions and explore the imaginations and complexities of ethnological groups through the...More »

  • poster for “Living With Water, Fighting to Save Water”

    “Living With Water, Fighting to Save Water”

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting - Sculpture
    • 2013-10-26 - 2013-12-01

    An exhibition examining the ancient relationship between the people of Kaseda and water, dating back to the middle ages when waterways began to be dug to feed the paddy fields. A whole culture has grown...More »

  • The Yellow River and Mt. Tai: The Origins of Chinese Culture and World Heritage Sites

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    • Media: Graphics - Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2013-09-14 - 2013-10-20

    Home to the mouth of the Yellow River and Tai Shan (one of China’s Five Great Mountains), Shandong Province cultivated some of China’s earliest neolithic civilizations, including Dawenkou and Longshan...More »

  • poster for Discovering Cultural Heritage: History to Pass onto Future Generations

    Discovering Cultural Heritage: History to Pass onto Future Generations

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2013-07-20 - 2013-09-01

    This exhibition explores the cultural heritage sites of Wakayama, revealing facts about the ways people used to live as recorded in written and pictorial artifacts, with a prevailing message about the...More »

  • poster for The Work of the Carpenter

    The Work of the Carpenter

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    • 2013-06-08 - 2013-07-15

    Wakayama is significant as a site of historical temple and shrine architecture. This exhibition introduces the carpenters of Wakayama and their architecture through tosatsu, a kind of wooden sign that...More »

  • poster for "Elegance in the Lords of Kii" Exhibition

    "Elegance in the Lords of Kii" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Graphics - Ceramics - Talks
    • 2008-06-07 - 2008-07-13

    In the Edo period Kii Han (fiefdom) was one of the three domains connected to the Tokugawa family and as a region linked deeply to the shogunate it was placed in a strong position nationally. Due to this,...More »

  • poster for "Cultural Heritages of Tanabe and Kozan Temple" Exhibition

    "Cultural Heritages of Tanabe and Kozan Temple" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics - Talks
    • 2008-04-26 - 2008-06-01

    The Kozan Temple located in Tanabe city is a temple that particularly supports the Shingon sect. The temple has been an avid collector of Buddhist art, and the exhibition features the most notable pieces...More »

  • poster for "Konraiji-Temple Now and Then" Exhibition

    "Konraiji-Temple Now and Then" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2008-03-22 - 2008-04-20

    *Exhibiting at the Special Exhibition Room [Image: Lacquered Rice Bowl (Muromachi - Sengoku period) courtesy of Wakayama Prefecture Education Board]More »

  • poster for "Dignitary Monks in Kinokuni" Exhibition

    "Dignitary Monks in Kinokuni" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2008-02-16 - 2008-03-16

    During the pre-modern period when religion had a large influence on people's lives, the monks had multiple roles; in addition to their religious guidance, they also became scholars and intellectuals. This...More »

  • poster for "Beauty of Accessory: My Mother's Favorites" Exhibition

    "Beauty of Accessory: My Mother's Favorites" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2008-01-19 - 2008-04-11
  • "Kinokuni's Ceramics: The Oniwa-yaki" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2008-01-19 - 2008-02-11

    In the late modern period, Oniwa-yaki ceramics were created in Wakayama. This exhibition features selected pieces from the museum collection, and the interaction that took place between people through...More »

  • poster for "The Beauty of National Treasures and the Gods of Kumano Hayatama Shrine" Exhibition

    "The Beauty of National Treasures and the Gods of Kumano Hayatama Shrine" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2007-12-08 - 2008-01-14

    Kumano Hayatama Shrine possesses approximately 1000 treasures dedicated to the gods, and are designated as National Treasures. With a diverse range of treasures including accessories, weapons and gifts,...More »

  • "Kumano Shrine and the Kumano Walkway" Exhibition

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    • Media: Architecture
    • 2007-10-06 - 2007-11-25

    Paying homage at the Kumano shrine had been very popular activity to the Japanese during the Heian period; from the imperial family to regular citizens, they were eager to go through the hike to visit...More »

  • "Heaven and Hell - The Image of the Other World" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2007-07-21 - 2007-08-19

    Death is something inevitable when we have life. In the past, people thought of the world after death as an extension of the world in which we live in. The exhibition features images of hell and the "Pure...More »

  • poster for "On Reading Picture Maps" Exhibition

    "On Reading Picture Maps" Exhibition

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    • 2007-06-16 - 2007-07-16

    Picture maps are important resources that narrate a specific time's landscape and geographical environment. Through a rigorous measuring process, cartologists create geographical contours and professional...More »

  • poster for "Bunjin Bokkyaku; Exploring the Kinokuni" Exhibition

    "Bunjin Bokkyaku; Exploring the Kinokuni" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Graphics
    • 2007-04-28 - 2007-06-10

    Kinokuni was known as the cultural center during the Edo period. It was an emerging place for "Bunjin Bokkyaku", people who engaged in Chinese literature and calligraphy. For this special exhibition, there...More »

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