We're going on a scavenger hunt!
Today we're searching the Tokyo National Museum and its collection of Japanese arts and crafts. Take a close look at the four artworks below, we'll be looking for them soon.
First, we're looking for the Dogū sculpture. Drag and click to explore the gallery. It's not far from here…
Dogu (Clay Figurine) (Jomon period, 1000 - 400 BC)Tokyo National Museum
Dogū, 1000 - 400 BCE
Dogu are stylised female figures made of clay. Some archaeologists believe that Dogū were made as magical objects for fertility or shamanic rituals.
This particular dogū is associated with Kamegaoka Culture in the Tohoku region, and is known as a Shakōki-dogū, or a goggle-eyed dogū, because of its large, round eyes.
Printmaking has a long history in Japan, so it's no surprise the museum has a large collection. But where's the one we're looking for?
Landscapes and Beauties: Feeling Like Reading the Next Volume (Edo period, 19th century) by Utagawa KuniyoshiTokyo National Museum
Feeling Like Reading the Next Volume, 19th Century
The vibrant colours and patterns in this print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi add to sense of excitement of finishing one book, and starting another.
Many artists showed off their skill by hiding small details in their pictures. Here, Kuniyoshi creates a picture inside a picture, by illustrating the front cover of the woman's book.
Now we're looking for the Maple Viewers. It must be in this gallery of painted screens.
Maple Viewers (16th century) by Kano HideyoriTokyo National Museum
Beyond the thick clouds are the roofs of Jingoji temple with its red pagoda. The Atago shrine covered in snow suggests the arrival of winter. On the right bank of the Kiyotaki river, beautifully dressed women sit in conversation.
Finally, we're looking for Hokusai's The Great Wave off Kanagawa
Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji: The Great Wave Off the Coast of Kanagawa (Edo period, 19th century) by Katsushika HokusaiTokyo National Museum
The Great Wave off Kanagawa, c.1829–1833
Hokusai's depiction of a terrifying wave, about to wash over a pair of fishermans' boats, has become one of the most famous works of Japanese art, and embraced as a national icon.
But look closely, and you'll see that this isn't a wave, it's the distant, snow-capped peak of Mount Fuji.