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This major new exhibition examines how Japanese culture and design have been captivating the rest of the world for centuries.

Japan has one of the world’s most exciting and refined design cultures. From cars and cameras to household items and animation, Japanese design is now part of our everyday lives.

In Japanese, Kizuna means the bonds of friendship, and this exhibition looks at how Wales has played its own distinctive part in the fascinating story of artistic exchange between Japan and the rest of the world.

Many of the works of art on display have come from major Japanese national museums and some have never been seen in the UK before.

Highlights include a 400-year-old painted handscroll depicting monsters; large painted screens offering panoramic views of Edo (modern Tokyo) in the 18th century; beautiful costumes and ceramic jars; and a stunning Japanese lacquered coffer bought by Sir Thomas Myddleton of Chirk Castle four centuries ago.

National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF10 3NP

02920 397951


Opening times

Tues – Sun & most Bank Holiday Mondays 10am – 5pm (Galleries close 4.45pm) Closed 24 – 26 Dec, 1 Jan

With a National Art Pass you get

10% off in café
Enjoy a range of sandwiches and baguettes, home-made soup, and cakes made from local Welsh ingredients where possible.
Valid until December 2021
10% off in restaurant
Valid until December 2021
10% off in shop
Valid until December 2021

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