The Morikami's exhibitions change throughout the year and always offer exciting new opportunities to learn about Japanese art and history. Whether displaying Japanese art or unusual objects of everyday life, either from the past or the present, the exhibition galleries become places of discovery during every visit.

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Genji’s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints

March 11, 2014 – May 18, 2014 

The “Tale of Genji,” the first novel in the world, was written over 1000 years ago by the Japanese court lady Murasaki Shikibu. Shikibu’s epic novel was a popular source of inspiration for woodblock print and illustrated book artists in the 19th century. This exhibition, organized by Scripps College (Claremont, CA), features over 50 such woodblock prints and books depicting the scenes from Shikibu’s masterpiece.


Keeping in Touch: The Culture of Letter-Writing in Japan

March 11, 2014 – May 18, 2014 

In Japan, letter-writing is a highly refined art form that is deeply rooted in poetry, steeped in metaphorical allusions and symbolic meaning. Letter-writing evolved from short, heartfelt lyrical verses, skillfully rendered, sometimes on scented paper, and hand-delivered to their intended recipient. This exhibition presents a variety of letter-writing forms from poems to postcards, and explores the myriad art forms that letter-writing brought about in Japan, such as lacquer writing boxes, ink stones, brushes, elegant papers, and other stationary implements. 

Online Exhibits

Online Exhibits provide a way to revisit and share some of the objects from past exhibits with family and friends, or for those unable to attend the original exhibit, a sampling of the experience.  Funded in part by a grant from The Freeman Foundation.

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