New Year Tidings

Dates : November 27 (Friday), 2015 – January 11 (Monday, national holiday), 2016

As another year wanes and a new year approaches, the Kankai Pavilion once again becomes a place of auspicious symbolism. Since olden days, the Japanese have celebrated the transition between seasons, such as Boy’s Day and New Year’s Day, by decorating their homes with auspicious symbols of good luck and fortune. These include the zodiac animals, a crane in a pine tree and the rising sun. In this exhibition, these symbols, as well a traditional customs and aesthetics, are on view in hanging scrolls and standing screens juxtaposed with selections of contemporary art.