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Thurs: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
Tue–Wed: Closed
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Fri-Mon: 10 AM—4:30 PM
Thurs: 1—7:30 PM
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200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.581.3500
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Japanese Floral Arrangement (Ikebana)

Learn about Japan’s refined form of floral arrangement, known as ikebana (“to arrange and give life to flowers”).

GRADE LEVEL: High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Japan Encounters the West

European art and culture had a significant impact in Japan, both before and during the period of self-imposed isolation.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Katsura River-style Basket

Katsura River Style Flower Basket, approx. 1870-1920. By Iizuka Hosai I (1851-1916). Bamboo (madake), selected techniques: twill plaiting, diamond twill base. Lloyd Cotsen Japanese Bamboo Basket Collection, 2006.3.49.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Teahouse Alcove (Tokonoma)

Learn about the objects found in the alcove (Japanese: tokonoma, pronounced “toe-ko-no-ma”) of a traditional Japanese teahouse and the traditions of the Japanese tea ceremony.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Inro with map of Japan, 1670-1722

Inro with map of Japan, 1670-1722. By Shiomi Masanari (Japanese, 1647 – approx. 1722), Lacquered wood with sprinkled metallic powder (maki-e) decoration. Gift of Dr. Joseph Kushner, 2014.6. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

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In the Snow at Tsukahara on Sado Island

In the Snow at Tsukahara on Sado Island (Sashu Tsukahara setchu) from The Illustrated and Abridged Biography of the Founder [Nichiren] (Koso goichidai ryakuzu), by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797-1861). Japan. Woodblock print; ink and colors on paper. Gift of the Grabhorn Ukiyo-e Collection, 2005.100.118.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond
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