KIZUNA: Japan | Wales | Design

National Museum Cardiff

16 June – 9 September 2018

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

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), Kawarazaki Gonjuro as Watonai, Edo period, woodblock print, 1863

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.

Venue information

Opening times

Tues – Sun & most Bank Holiday Mondays
10am – 5pm (Galleries close 4.45pm)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec, 1 Jan

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)