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Updated: April 26, 2019

KANJI – TBD 漢字展―4000年の旅

Toyo Bunko Museum, 2-28-21 Honkomagome Bunkyo city, Tokyo
2019-5-29 - 2019-9-23

Chinese written characters (known as “kanji” in Japanese) were created around 3,500 years ago, and are thought to be the written form with the largest number of characters in human history. They were introduced to Japan around 1,500 years ago, and became intrinsically linked to the development, scholarship and culture of the Japanese language. This exhibition examines the formation of kanji, their proliferation around the Asian world, the origins of certain characters, and other interesting facts about the written form used by millions every day in Japan. Through cultural properties including National Treasures, the event takes a wide look at kanji in an accessible way.

How to Get There

  • Komagome Station | 8 min on foot
    JR Yamanote Line | Namboku Line
  • Sengoku Station | 7 min on foot
    Mita Line

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Opening Hours

  • 10:00-19:00
    *Open until 15:00 on September 13 (Friday)
    (Last admission 1 hour before closing)
    *Last admission 30 minutes before closing
  • Closed Tuesdays




*Discounts available for students, seniors and people with disabilities

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Facility Info

  • Restrooms | Dining facilities | WiFi |
  • English |
  • Automated external defibrillator (AED) | Automatic doors | Urinal with handrail | Western-style toilet with handrail | Accessible restrooms | Baby changing facilities | Wheelchair loan |

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