Ueno Artist Project 2022: “Beauty Nurtured by The Tale of Genji —It is Fate that Brings Us Together”

November 19 (Sat), 2022 – January 6 (Fri), 2023

The “Ueno Artist Project” is an exhibition series launched in 2017 by the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum with an aim to inherit and build on its history as “the home of the Public Entry Exhibition (“Koboten”). The exhibition showcases a selection of artists who are active in art groups, using a fixed theme each time. The theme for this, the sixth installment in the series, is The Tale of Genji.
Written by Murasaki Shikibu in the early 11th century, The Tale of Genji contains beautiful portrayals of the four seasons together with enchanting depictions of the numerous characters. Describing the human relationships surrounding the central figure of Hikaru Genji, the story continues to resonate with people living today. The reader is able to see themselves in the characters and doubtless it is this ability to empathize with the story that has resulted in its appeal continuing for one thousand years. Due to this enduring popularity, The Tale of Genji has also had a profound influence on other genres, such as arts and crafts and the performing arts, continuing to fascinate people across time and culture.
This exhibition will introduce artists working in a wide range of media, including painting, calligraphy, dyeing and glassworks. It can be said that it is fate that brings us together and the same can be said of encountering particular works in a museum. Today, when the Covid-19 pandemic has brought about changes in our relationships with others or with society, we hope this exhibition will allow people to take a fresh look at their lives.

TAKAGI Atsuhito (Rinchikai)
TAKANO Rihō (Japan Calligraphy Art Academy)
TAMADA Kyōko (Japan Glass Artcrafts Association)
MORIYA Tadashi (Nihonbijutsuin)
WATANABE Hiroaki (Kofukai Art Association)

  1. 1. A New Approach to The Tale of Genji
    This exhibition will allow you to experience the world of The Tale of Genji from a new viewpoint, not limited to traditional artworks, such as picture scrolls and folding screens, but also through works from a variety of fields such as calligraphy, glasswork and textile art.
  2. 2. An Easy-to-understand Introduction to The Tale of Genji
    In addition to being extremely long, consisting of fifty-four chapters, The Tale of Genji also features a large number of characters so it requires a long time to read the entire work. However, this exhibition presents a summary of the plot and explains the relationships that exist between the various characters, providing a simple guide to enjoying the story.
  3. 3. A Feast of Beauty Linked by The Tale of Genji
    The Ueno Artist Project has been held five times to date, featuring calligraphy and art on alternate years, but this year these two exhibitions will be held concurrently. We hope that you will come and enjoy this ‘feast of beauty,’ consisting of works of calligraphy and art based on the theme of The Tale of Genji.


Major works

Major works
  • TAKANO Rihō, ‘A Glimpse of Tamakazura’ from the ‘Hotaru’ [The Fireflies] Chapter, 2022, Collection of the artist

  • TAKAGI Atsuhito, Fujitsubo’s Dream, 2012, Collection of the artist

  • TAMADA Kyōko, Murasaki’s Diary, 2019, Collection of the artist

  • AOKI Sue, The Tale of Genji, c. 1976, SUE SARASA MUSEUM of ART

  • ISHIODORI Tatsuya, ‘Makibashira’ [The Handsome Pillar] Chapter, 1997, Kōdansha

  • MORIYA Tadashi, ‘Pilgrimage to Sumiyoshi Shrine’ from the ‘Miotsukushi’ Chapter, 1991, Private Collection

  • WATANABE Hiroaki, A Thousand Year Romance—The Tale of Genji, 2016, Collection of the artist


Introductory videos

Introductory videos

Gallery Tour




November 19 (Sat), 2022 – January 6 (Fri), 2023
Gallery A, C
November 21, December 5, 19, 29, 2022 – January 3, 2023
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Days of Extended Hours
November 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23 9:30 – 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)

Tickets at the door |
General ¥500 / Seniors 65+ ¥300

  • ※Admission free for visitors College students and High school students or younger
  • ※Admission free for visitors (and one accompanying person) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate or Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate
  • ※In each case, please show identification
  • ※Admission is free on presenting a ticket for the concurrent Special Exhibition "Okamoto Taro: A Retrospective"
Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture


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