This gallery has been created in direct response to visitor interest in beauty and diversity of Japanese art and culture. Thanks to generous funding by the Art Fund, the Museum has been able to acquire a range of contemporary Japanese art, fashion and domestic goods that complement our historic Japanese collections.
The monumental Buddha head dating back to the Kamakura Period
Edo Period wood block prints alongside cels from anime movies
Vintage kimono alongside modern street fashion
Centuries old ceramics alongside pieces by 20th and 21st century masters
Historic weapons alongside contemporary samurai armour made for the movies.
Download the English language large print guide, Japanese or Chinese language guides for this gallery.
The Japanese and Chinese language guides for this gallery were prepared by students studying towards the MA In Translation Studies at Durham University as part of work placements at the Oriental Museum.