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Thurs: 1 PM–8 PM
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Thurs: 1—7:30 PM
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200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.581.3500
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Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is among the finest surviving examples of the defensive structures built in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries as samurai strongholds and symbols of power. Learn more.

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

Artwork

Hawk on oak tree, approx. 1630–1650

Hawk on oak tree, by Soga Nichokuan (Japanese, active approx. 1624–1658), approx. 1630–1650. Hanging scroll; Ink on paper. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60D18.

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

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Gourd-Shaped Incense Container, 1625–1675

Gourd-shaped incense container, 1625–1675. Attributed to Nonomura Ninsei (active 1625–1675). Japan; Kyoto. Kyoto ware, stoneware with underglaze iron-oxide decoration. Museum Purchase, B74P5.

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

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Hunting for Fireflies

Melinda Takeuchi, Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Department of Art History at Stanford University, discusses the coded meanings behind a woodblock print in the Asian Art Museum’s collection.

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

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Futon cover with turtles and family crest

Futon cover with turtles and family crest, Meiji period (1868-1912). Japan. Indigo-dyed cotton with stencil-applied and hand drawn paste-resist (tsutsugaki) decoration. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Newsom, B74M3.

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

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Fresh Water Jar, approx. 1573–1615

Fresh water jar, approx.1573–1615. Japan; Mie prefecture. Iga ware, stoneware with natural ash glaze. Museum Purchase, B68P4.

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

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Incense Container with Design of Plovers

Incense Container with design of plovers, 1500–1600. Japan. Muromachi period (1392–1573). Lacquered wood and sea shell. Gift by transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, B85M14.

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

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Fresh Water Jar in the Form of a Wooden Bucket

Fresh water jar in the form of a wooden bucket, 1625–1635. Made in China for Japanese patrons. Porcelain with underglaze blue. Asian Art Museum, Gift of Roy Leventritt, B69P95L.

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