KIMONO: Fashioning Identities

振袖 白縮緬地衝立梅樹鷹模様(部分)

江戸時代・18世紀 東京国立博物館蔵

KIMONO: Fashioning Identities
Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries
June 30 (Tue) – August 23, 2020 (Sun)
The kimono is one of Japan’s most iconic symbols, its colors and designs exemplifying Japanese cultural sensibilities and aesthetics. Lesser known, however, is that, the kimono originated as an undergarment. The predecessor to today’s kimono is a robe called the kosode (literally, “small sleeve openings”). The kosode first came into its own as an outer robe in medieval Japan during the Muromachi period (1392–1573). It was decorated accordingly with lavish dyed, embroidered, and gold or silver patterns.
This exhibition traces the kimono from its inception some eight hundred years ago to its role today as a symbol of Japanese culture with increasing sway on the contemporary fashion scene. Featuring some of the finest extant textiles, paintings, prints and other artworks drawn from collections in Japan and around the world, KIMONO: Fashioning Identities promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to consider the past, present, and future of this quintessential Japanese garment.
June 30 (Tue) – August 23, 2020 (Sun)


  • Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)
  • 9:30–18:00
  • *The regular exhibitions are open untill 17:00.
  • Mondays (Except for August 10) , August 11
  • Adults: 1700 yen
    University students: 1200 yen
    High school students: 900 yen
    Junior high school students and under: Free
  • *Online reservations required.
  • *Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each (please present an ID at the ticket booth).
      No reservation is needed.
  • *Tickets to this exhibition include one admission to the regular exhibitions on the date of entry.
10 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station
15 minutes' walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station
Tokyo National Museum, The Asahi Shimbun, TV Asahi Corporation, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan Arts Council
With the Sponsorship of
Takara Leben Co., Ltd., Takenaka Corporation, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., and Toyota Motor Corporation
With the Assistance of
Kobe Fashion Museum
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FY2020 Japan Cultural Expo Project Presented and Co-presented by Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, and Japan Arts Council