Special Exhibition: “Aves Japonicae〈8〉 - The World of Imperial Artifacts”

July 22, 2022


Type Exhibition
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / Applying students / International students / Alumni / Companies / Elementary school students / Junior high school students / High school students / University students / Academic and Administrative Staff
Date(s) July 26, 2022 — November 27, 2022
Location Other campuses/off-campus
Venue Intermediatheque [STUDIOLO]
[Address] KITTE 2-3F, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
[Access] JR lines and Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line Tokyo Station. Direct access from the Marunouchi Underground Pathway.
Nijubashimae Station (Exit 4) on the Chiyoda Line (about 2 minutes on foot).
[Opening Hours] 11:00 - 18:00 (Open until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays) .
 *Opening hours may change.
[Closed on] Mondays (or the following Tuesday if Monday is a National Holiday) and Year-end holidays. May close irregularly.

The Intermediatheque (IMT) reopened on June 24. To prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please read the following guidelines before visiting the museum.
[1] Please wear a mask, cover your cough, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer when visiting IMT.
[2] Before entering the museum, we will check your body temperature. If your temperature is found to be over 37.5℃, we may refuse admission.
[3] If you have visited a country or region where the infection has continued to spread in the last 2 weeks, please refrain from visiting IMT.
[4] Please keep a safe distance of 2 meters from other visitors in the museum.
[5] Please do not speak in a loud voice in order to prevent an airborne infection.
[6] Please refrain from touching the exhibits, display cases, walls and any equipment bearing the sign “Do not use.”
[7] Entrance restrictions may apply depending on the number of visitors.
[8] Any group of 10 people or more may be refused admission.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method No advance registration required
Contact +81-47-316-2772 / From Japan: 050-5541-8600 (NTT Hello Dial Service)
Long ago, stuffed specimens were the most important reference for study; therefore, specimen collections represented academism. Often such collections were owned by the nobility and other wealthy individuals, so specimens had to be classic and beautiful to satisfy the owners’ aesthetic-seeking eyes. Thus, specimens became valuable pieces of art, together with well-prepared pedestals and cases.
In this exhibition, we present superb specimens that were donated to the Imperial household, which include what is thought to be the first penguin caught by a Japanese person. These specimens were transferred to Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, and a portion of them are now entrusted to Intermediatheque. Also we present a donated specimen of a hawk that perched on a mast of a naval cruiser Takachiho, and a hanging scroll that depicts that donation ceremony.
The collection is associated with many aspects, such as Imperial taxidermy, the Shinjuku Gyoen garden, auspicious signs and mysterious specimens. We provide an occasion to observe, to judge and to appreciate the collection as research materials, historical records or artistic masterpieces.

[Organizer] The University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT)
[With cooperation from] Jinchōdō Honpo, Ōshima Junichi, Ōshima Hitomi

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