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Utamakura ―Forgotten Poetic Vistas

From ancient times, Japanese have inscribed their feelings in beautiful landscapes expressed in waka poems. By linking emotions to specific places,
it was possible to share the feelings in waka with others with no knowledge of the actual landscapes. That rhetorical form became known as utamakura, “poetry pillow words”. These “lyrical pillows” added depth to paintings and crafts. Today, however, those waka are no longer common knowledge, making it difficult to share the feelings conveyed by the utamakura. This exhibition is an experiment in attempting to reawaken and share these feelings through a diverse group of works of art.

DATE

Jun. 29 (Wed) 2022 - Aug. 28 (Sun) 2022

Place

Suntory Museum of Art (Galleria 3F)

Hours

10:00-18:00
*Open until 20:00 on Fridays, Saturdays, Jul. 17 (Sun) , Aug. 10 (Wed)
*Admission until 30 minutes before closing

Close

Tuesday
*Aug. 23 is open until 18:00

Admission

General ¥1,500
University Students ¥1,000
High school Students ¥1,000
Free for Junior high school and under

Contact

03-3479-8600

03-3479-8600

Utamakura ―Forgotten Poetic Vistas

From ancient times, Japanese have inscribed their feelings in beautiful landscapes expressed in waka poems. By linking emotions to specific places,
it was possible to share the feelings in waka with others with no knowledge of the actual landscapes. That rhetorical form became known as utamakura, “poetry pillow words”. These “lyrical pillows” added depth to paintings and crafts. Today, however, those waka are no longer common knowledge, making it difficult to share the feelings conveyed by the utamakura. This exhibition is an experiment in attempting to reawaken and share these feelings through a diverse group of works of art.

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