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Visit in August: Tokyo's Six Best Exhibitions!

Visit in August: Tokyo's Six Best Exhibitions!

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What better way is there to beat the scorching heat of August than to visit a cool museum and enjoy fantastic art and exibitions? This summer brings you the works of Michelangelo, Mizuki Shigeru, Paul Smith, and Beatrix Potter, a wonderful selection to dive into the world of art.

A Journey to the Land of Immortals: Treasures of Ancient Greece

A Journey to the Land of Immortals: Treasures of Ancient Greece

June 21th(Tue) to September 19th(Mon)
This special exhibition gathers pieces from the early days of Greek civilization and traces the history of Greece becoming one of the leading cultures in the Western world at it's peak. The collection is made up of around 300 items, such as sculptures, frescoes, and gold works, coming from around 40 different Greek museums. Never before has there been a collection of ancient Greek culture of such a massive scale like this one.

  • Tokyo National Museum
    • Address 13-9, Uenokouen, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-8712
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    • Nearest Station Ueno Station (Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Tohoku Main Line / JR Utsunomiya Line / JR Takasaki Line / JR Joban Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
      10 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-5405-8686

The Genius of Michelangelo: Majestic Renaissance Architecture

The Genius of Michelangelo: Majestic Renaissance Architecture

June 25th (Sat) to August 28th (Sun)
Sculpting, painting, and architecture; excelling in all three of these fields, Michelangelo was known as "Il Divino", or "the divine". The exhibition "The Genius of Michelangelo: Majestic Renaissance Architecture" exhibits around 70 different items, including around 35 personal letters, notes, and sketches from the master himself, as well as sketches of the Sistine Chapel design.

Apart from that, models and photos of his great architectural works and videos are on display. Japanese architects that represent the 20th century have submitted their own takes on Michelangelo's work to pay tribute to the master of old, which are displayed in a special corner.

  • Panasonic Shiodome Museum
    パナソニック 汐留ミュージアム
    • Address Panasonic Tokyo Shiodome Bldg. 4F, 1-5-1 Higashishimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-8301

The Masters of Venetian Renaissance

The Masters of Venetian Renaissance

June 13th(Wed) to October 10th(Mon)
Held as a special exhibition for the 150th anniversary of Japanese-Italian diplomatic relations in 2016, the "Venetian Renaissance Paintings" bring together various works of art of the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, Italy. The collection is centered around Venetian paintings and boasts an impressive collection of about 2,000 works.

Sixty of these paintings were chosen to represent the Venetian masters of the Italian Renaissance to be exhibited in Japan. The famous Annunciation by Titian, that was completed in his final years, is one of them.

GeGeGe Mizuki Shigeru Daiyokai: A Ghastly Theme Park

GeGeGe Mizuki Shigeru Daiyokai: A Ghastly Theme Park

July 26th(Tue) to August 29th(Mon)
Shigeru Mizuki isn't only one of Japan's most famous masters of manga, he also was an expert on yokai, Japanese ghosts and spirits from old stories and folk tales. The exciting fear of the unseen that every Japanese person is familiar with, having grown up with these very stories, can be felt vividly in this exhibition all about Mizuki's creatures. Bronze statues of the manga characters from Mizuki Shigeru Road in his hometown in Tottori Prefecture can be seen in a special corner, as well as an exhibition of replicas of original paintings from the yokai master himself, rich in detail and incredibly fascinating. One of the highlights is the special attention that is paid to introducing different yokai from all over Japan which will truly let you experience the intriguing world of Shigeru Mizuki from up close.

  • Sunshine City World Import Mart Building
    サンシャインシティ ワールドインポートマートビル
    • Address 3-1-1, Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-0013

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

July 27th(Wed) to August 29th(Mon)
Everyone knows Paul Smith, the famous fashion brand from the United Kingdom that has spread to over 70 countries worldwide. This exhibition focuses on Paul Smith's development, from the humble beginnings to the brand's international success of today; Paul Smith is so much more than just a fashion brand. The tiny 3 square meter store where it all began, as well as his faithfully restored office and all sorts of things that inspired the great designer are showcased in the exhibition.

  • The Ueno Royal Museum
    • Address 1-2, Uenokouen, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-0007
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    • Nearest Station Ueno Station (Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Tohoku Main Line / JR Utsunomiya Line / JR Takasaki Line / JR Joban Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
      3 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3833-4191

The Peter Rabbit Exhibition

The Peter Rabbit Exhibition

August 9th(Tue) to October 11th(Tue)
Peter Rabbit is one of the world's most famous picture book characters, born from the mind of Beatrix Potter. The first book featuring the furry friend was published in England in 1901 and has gathered a massive following of fans in the entire world since then.

This exhibition is held to celebrate Beatrix Potter's 150th birthday, showcasing precious items such as signed original drawings, sketches, and picture books, as well as items that were dear to Beatrix Potter herself. Over 200 exhibits have been gathered by the British National Trust centered around the life of the creative author - get a glimpse of it and step into the world of "The Tale of Peter Rabbit".

  • Bunkamura
    • Address 2-24-1, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-8507
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    • Nearest Station Shibuya Station (JR Yamanote Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Tokyu Toyoko Line / Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line / Keio Inokashira Line)
      5 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3477-9111
*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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