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Updated: July 1, 2019

Soboku-e: Japanese Innocent Paintings through the Ages 特別展 日本の素朴絵 ―ゆるい、かわいい、たのしい美術―

Mitsui Memorial Museum, 7F Mitsui Main Building, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi-muromachi, Chuo City, Tokyo
2019-7-6 - 2019-9-1

Soboku-e - a loose, free, innocent painting style

Under the heading of “soboku-e”, meaning “simplistic pictures”, this exhibition looks at a particular kind of Japanese painting created in a casual, almost naive style. Soboku-e can be found in many items from everyday life. They were popularly used in picture scrolls, picture books, folding screens, and sometimes on luxury goods. Through a showcase of soboku-e of various forms and eras that have never been seriously featured before now, this exhibition seeks to show that these works do not merely hint at the skill and pedigree of the artists behind them, but can be enjoyed as art on their own merits. In addition to soboku-e, there will also be displays of statues of Buddha and gods carved in a soboku style.

How to Get There

  • Mitsukoshimae Station | Exit A7 | 1 min on foot
    Hanzomon Line | Ginza Line
  • Nihonbashi Station | Exit B9 | 4 min on foot
    Ginza Line Line | touzai Line
  • Shin-Nihonbashi Station | 4 min on foot
    JR Sobu Line

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Opening Hours

  • 10:00-17:00
    *Open until 19:00 on Fridays
    *Last admission 30 minutes before closing
  • Closed Mondays
    *Open July 15 (Monday) and August 12 (Monday)
    *Closed July 16 (Tuesday)




*Discounts available for students, seniors and people with disabilities

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Facility Info

  • Restrooms | Dining facilities |
  • Elevator | Automated external defibrillator (AED) | Medical services/first-aid | Automatic doors | Wheelchair lift | Urinal with handrail | Western-style toilet with handrail | Accessible restrooms | Baby changing facilities | Wheelchair loan | Breast feeding room |

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