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Updated: May 31, 2019

Styles of Play: The History of Merrymaking in Art サントリー芸術財団50周年 遊びの流儀 遊楽図の系譜

Suntory Museum of Art, 3F Tokyo Midtown Galleria, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato City, Tokyo
2019-6-26 - 2019-8-18

An exhibition looking at the theme of “play” in art

With “play” as its artistic theme, this exhibition looks over the ways people in the past enjoyed themselves, including games such as sugoroku and karuta, as well as dance, fashion, and contemporary entertainments. It offers a chance to see charming depictions of games such as kai-awase (shell matching), kemari (a form of football) and hagoita (a battledore-like game) through works in the Heian period. Edo period works “Merrymaking at a Mansion” show people enjoying shamisen music and dice games. This is a rare and precious opportunity to see some of the most significant works among the “merrymaking picture” genre in the early modern era collected under one roof.
*Some pieces will be replaced during the exhibition period.

How to Get There

  • Roppongi Station | Directly connected
    Hibiya Line | Oedo Line
  • Nogizaka Station | Exit 3 | 3 min on foot
    Chiyoda Line

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Opening Hours

  • 10:00-18:00
    *Open until 20:00 on Fridays, Saturdays, July 14 (Sunday) and August 11 (Sunday)
    *Last admission 30 minutes before closing
  • Closed Tuesdays
    *Open until 18:00 on August 13 (Tuesday)




*Discounts available for students and people with disabilities

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Facility Info

  • Restrooms | Dining facilities | WiFi |
  • English |
  • English |
  • Elevator | Automated external defibrillator (AED) | Facility that conforms with the New Barrier-Free Act | Automatic doors | Western-style toilet with handrail | Accessible restrooms | Baby changing facilities | Baby chair/high chair | ostomate restrooms | Ostomate facilities (with dedicated sink) | Wheelchair loan | stroller loan |
    *Strollers are lent to visitors free of charge

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