2021 New Year’s Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum: The Year of the Ox

30.December.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

Tokyo National Museum has announced that it will reopen after for the New Year closure on February 2021 when it was host its 2021 New Year’s Celebration.

 

This marks the 18th run of the museum’s annual New Year’s event based on the Chinese zodiac. 2021 is the Year of the Ox, and so the museum will see a special collection of exhibits based around oxen. There will also be traditional Japanese celebrations for the new year such as ikebana flower arrangement, taiko drumming, shishimai lion dance, and more.

A Special Collection of Oxen Artwork

Honkan Special Gallery Rooms 1 & 2

Excellent ox, Important Culture Property of Japan

Tebako Cosmetic Box, National Treasure of Japan

Visitors will be able to learn about the history and culture surrounding ox in Japan. The exhibition is based on the Japanese proverb ushi ni hikarete zenkouji mairi which translates literally to “being pulled to the Zenkoji temple by a cow.” It refers to doing or receiving something good by accident or through the invitation of somebody else.

 

New Year’s Lucky Omen Works

Shōrin-zu byōbu, Hasegawa Tōhaku (16th Century), National Treasure of Japan

Kokin Wakashū Sheets, National Treasure of Japan

The museum will also welcome a selection of Japanese National Treasures to bring luck to the New Year.

 

New Year’s Events

January 2, 2021

10:00/11:30 Taiko Performance
13:00/14:30 Shishimai Lion Dance

 

January 3, 2021
10:00/11:30 Shishimai Lion Dance
13:00/14:30 Taiko Performance

 

January 2, 2021 – January 11, 2021
Ikebana around the museum

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