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1000 Years of the Art of Japanese Books: Treasures from the Tenri Central Library

Suizoku shashin, 1857 © Tenri Central Library

Exhibition, Partners Event
Thursday 18 Apr 2013 – Saturday 22 Jun 2013 |

The Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

About the Workshop

Tenri Central Library, in Japan, holds an extraordinary collection of rare books, including manuscripts and documents, about 1,830,000, roughly two-thirds of which are Japanese, Korean and Chinese books, and one-third Western, including Arabic and African books.

2013 will see J400 an international celebration of the 400th anniversary of Japan-UK relations with a series of cultural events planned in Japan and the UK throughout the year. This exhibition is to be part of that cultural programme intending to present together and show for the first time in this country some of the finest and most interesting Japanese antiquarian books, manuscripts and documents held by the Tenri Central Library.

The exhibition will have a programme of public events and demonstrations throughout April, May and June to introduce and explain some of the key themes in the exhibition to new audiences – these will include Gagaku, Tea Ceremony, calligraphy, Sake tasting, origami, and lectures using the exhibition as their setting.