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New Year Exhibition
Raku Ware Across the Generations:
All Change – Period, Reign, Year, Generation

Friday 14 December 2018 – Sunday 10 March 2019

Time is changing from the actual Heisei’s reign (1989- April 2019) towards a new imperial reign assumed next year.
Each era bears its own epochal mood and colour as both the Showa period (1926-1989) and the Heisei period from the recent past do in its distinctive manner.
While we keep certain things preserved and inherited over years and through generations, there are those that will be newly born in a new epoch. We will just have to wait and see what is coming in future.
During the Azuchi-Momoyama period (c.1573-c1603), Sen Rikyū guided Raku Chōjirō to create an innovative form of tea bowl which was called imayaki, now-ware in those days, whereupon the Raku ware has started to mark its history over generations of the Raku family who have worked on their individualistic expression that could only be born out of their time despite the work of Chōjirō always remaining the fundamental point of reference and the spiritual axis.
The Raku family has now counted the 15th generation from the founder and the assumption of the next head as the 16th is coming closer.
To create something new is an endless challenge which would be only possible by gazing with eyes cast beyond the era and the time instead of chasing after them.
The exhibition highlights a chronological selection of works by Raku generations from Chōjirō onwards, overviewing the whole panorama of Raku ware by showcasing a transition of time to which each generation belonged as well as their stylistic transformation from the period before succession (Sōkichi period) and after retirement.
In addition to tea bowls some auspicious tea utensils with a motif of the zodiac animal are selected to celebrate the New Year.

Works on Display
Closed: Mondays (except National Holidays), 26 December 2018 – 5 January 2019
Opening Hours: 10:00-16:30 (last admission 16:00)
Admission: Adults ¥900
University Students ¥700
High School Students ¥400
Under Juniour High School free admission
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