This exhibition shows collections
at The Seikado Foundation and Toyo Bunko,
including twelve National Treasures,
which were collected by four generations
of presidents of Mitsubishi
to support research
and development of arts and culture in Japan.
Four generations of presidents of Mitsubishi, Iwasaki Yataro (1835-1885), who founded the company, Yanosuke (1851–1908), Hisaya (1865–1955), and Koyata (1879–1945), took a strong interest in cultural properties.
Today, their collections are housed at The Seikado Foundation and Toyo Bunko in Tokyo. Keeping company with scholars and artists among their contemporaries, the four men brought a broad perspective to their collecting activities, which they felt should contribute to society.
Starting with Yataro, the first president of Mitsubishi, and ending with Koyata, the fourth president, this exhibition traces the history of their social contributions through their support for the research and development of the arts and culture.
There are more than one hundred valuable objects on display at the exhibition, which features numerous rare books and fine arts and crafts from the collections at The Seikado Foundation and Toyo Bunko—including twelve National Treasures and thirty-one Important Cultural Properties—as well as items from the collection at The Mitsubishi Economic Research Institute.
The exhibition is also an invaluable opportunity to see the collections from The Seikado Foundation and Toyo Bunko brought together under one roof.
June 30 (Wed) to September 12 (Sun), 2021
First part until August 9 (Mon). Second part from August 11 (Wed).
10:00 to 18:00
＊Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time
(Open until 21:00 on Fridays, second Wednesday of the month,
July 23-August 1, August 3-August 8, August 11-13, August 24-September 10)
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo (Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd.),
Seikado Foundation, and Toyo Bunko
2-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005, JAPAN
Tea bowl Yohen Tenmoku, Known as “Inaba Tenmoku”, Southern Song dynasty, 12th-13th century, National Treasure, The Seikado Foundation