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July 16, 2021(Fri)

A special exhibition of the Byobu Matsuri (Folding Screen Festival) will be held at the Nagae Family Residence, Kyoto.

[Phase I] July 10 (Sat) and July 11 (Sun), 2021

[Phase II] July 14 (Wed), 15 (Thu), and 16 (Fri), 2021.

A traditional custom of the annual Gion Festival, several folding screens will be showcased this year under the theme of play.

As part of an industry-academia collaboration, students from the College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University will display the Nagae family's family crest book and old photographs, and there will also be an exhibition on Koun Yamada, a painter from Kyoto who is related to the Nagae family.

(Note: Photography is not allowed)

*In order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the number of visitors will be limited. Advance reservations are required. We are looking forward to your reservation!


[Phase 1] July 10 (Sat) and July 11 (Sun)

Time slots: (1) 10:00 - (2) 11:00 - (3) 12:00 - (4) 13:00 - (5) 14:00 - (6) 15:00

[Phase 2] July 14 (Wed), 15 (Thu), 16 (Fri)

Time slots: (1) 16:00 - (2) 17:00 - (3) 18:00 - (4) 19:00

Capacity: 5 pairs per session (maximum 10 people); advance reservation is required.

Fee: 1,000 yen per person.

*Payments are accepted in cash, by IC card or credit card.

Organizer: Hoosiers Corporation

Co-organizer: Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University

Exhibition Planning: Department of Kyoto Studies, College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University

How to apply for advance reservation (accepted via e-mail):

Please send an e-mail with the information below to

1. Preferred date and time

2. Name, address, and telephone number

3. Number of participants

*The maximum number of participants for each session is 5 pairs (maximum 10 people).

For inquiries and applications, please contact


Phone: 075-353-7512 (weekdays only)

Fax: 075-353-7513

Nagae Family Residence website.


The Art Research Center (ARC) co-organized the special exhibition Kimono no Mushiboshi (「着物の虫干し展」) at the Nagae Family Residence, a tangible cultural property designated by Kyoto City, on March 20 and 21, 2021.

Due to COVID-19, this was the first time since the byobu matsuri (folding screen festival) in summer 2019 that the residence was open again to the public, and it welcomed a total of 50 visitors.

About the Event


The Nagae family were merchants of the kimono fabric, and their family residence served as both a working and living space for many generations.

During this exhibition at the residence, kimonos from the family collection were taken from the storehouse and air-dried--a traditional Japanese practice called mushiboshi--to prevent the clothes from insects and mold.


These kimonos were worn by the seventh generation of the Nagae family during the early Shōwa period. The head of the seventh generation was very fond of the Gion Festival, participating in the festival's preservation society and as a musician for the Gion bayashi (orchestral music accompanying the festival). He wore the summer haori on display to attend various events of the Gion Festival.

Furthermore, tools, goods, and trading documents were exhibited, providing a glimpse into the daily life and business of a merchant family in the rakuchu (in the capital) of that time.


The items from the family collection displayed at this event were made available to the public for the first time after they had remained in the storehouse for a long time.

In a separate room, visitors could learn about the ARC's research outcomes in digital-archiving the Nagae family collection.

About the Nagae Family Residence


Designated as a tangible cultural property by the City of Kyoto, the Nagae Family Residence was built between the late Edo period and the Taishō period and is located in the center of Kyoto.

The main building is a two-story traditional wooden townhouse--also referred to as kyo-machiya--which consists of a north wing constructed in 1868 (closed to the public) and a south wing constructed in 1905.

Although some parts of the building have been restored in recent years, most parts of the residence, including the glass windows, remain the same as built more than a century ago.


With the office space at the front and private rooms at the back, including one for ceremonial occasions, each room had a clearly defined function.

Furthermore, a family business trademark is found throughout the residence that differs from the kamon (family crest) printed on their kimonos for the Gion Festival.

About the ARC's Research


The ARC has been involved in the research on the Nagae Family Residence for many years. After receiving a donation of their collection, including hanging scrolls, folding screens, kimonos, and daily life tools, we have been researching and digital-archiving those items.


In recent years, some kimonos and design pattern books have been discovered in the storehouse, revealing new aspects of the Nagae family's business as kimono fabric merchants. We also introduced these new findings at this exhibition.

In the future, the ARC strives to continue to research and digital-archive the remaining items in the storehouse to enrich the Nagae family collection database and preserve Japanese cultural heritage.

Nagae Family Residence Links: Official Website Facebook Page Instagram


Organizer: Hoosiers Corporation

Co-organizer: Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

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nagaekimono.pngEvent Dates: Saturday, March 20 & Sunday, March 21, 2021

The Art Research Center (ARC) is pleased to announce the special exhibition "Kimono no Mushiboshi Ten" (「着物の虫干し展」) at the Nagae Family Residence, a designated tangible cultural property by the city of Kyoto.

Exhibited are daily-used kimonos that are taken from the storehouse and air-dried in the sun - a traditional Japanese practice called Mushiboshi - to prevent the clothes from the damage of insects and mold.

In the space of the traditional Kyo-machiya (wooden townhouse), kimonos from the early Showa period and tools of the trade and daily life of that time are shown. At the same time, there will be an exhibition of the research in digital archiving by Ritsumeikan University in a separate tatami room.

Organised by: Hoosiers Corporation

Co-organised by: Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

nagaeke.png★ Background

Designated as a tangible cultural property by the city of Kyoto, the Nagae Family Residence has been restored to how it looked when the building was constructed 150 years ago. The Nagae family used to be merchants of the kimono fabric. After Ritsumeikan University was donated a collection of items belonging to the Nagae Family Residence, the Art Research Center (ARC) began to digital-archive this collection and subsequently became involved in the planning and managing of the Byobu Matsuri (folding screen festival) held at the Nagae Family Residence during the Gion Festival, as well as other activities at the residence.

Advance booking required

Reservations are accepted by e-mail.

Please book a time slot: ①10:00 ②11:00 ③12:00 ④13:00 ⑤14:00 ⑥15:00

Each session will be limited to 5 groups (maximum 10 people). Please provide the following information for your reservation:

Name, number of people, address, phone number.

Special privileges only at this exhibition

Photography is permitted within the rules.

You will receive an original postcard of the Nagae Family Residence, with a choice of five different motives!

Inquiries & registration


Phone: 075-353-7512 (weekdays only)


The special exhibition "KIMONO: Fashion Identities", which is being held at the Tokyo National Museum, was featured on an NHK Educational TV program "Nichiyo Bijyutsukan (Sunday Gallery) Art Scene" on July 19. The program is available for streaming from the following link until 9:59 A.M. on 26 July (NHK plus ID is required).

The program featured "Karuta asobi zu", a painting from the ARC's Fujii Eikan Bunko Collection, as a fine example of paintings which depict the popular kimono patterns from the early-17th century. We can also see the colorful kimonos coordinated by Natsuko Takasu, an ARC's Visiting Collaborative Researcher, at the end of the special feature.

The exhibition will also be featured in "niconico Art Museum", and there will a live streaming gallery talk with Dr. Oyama, Senior Manager of Decorative Arts, Tokyo National Museum, from 18:00 on July 21. The streaming will available from the following link (niconico user registration is required)

This week is the last chance to see "Karuta asobi zu" at the Tokyo National Museum, so why not make an advanced reservation, take measures against COVID-19, and visit the exhibition during this long weekend?

"KIMONO: Fashion Identities" website

News article on "KIMONO: Fashion Identities"

July 3, 2020(Fri)

A special exhibition "KIMONO: Fashion Identities", which the Art Research Center (ARC) has contributed to, is now open at the Tokyo National Museum.

This exhibition traces the kimono, one of Japan's most iconic symbols, from its inception some eight hundred years ago to its role today as a symbol of Japanese culture and is the largest kimono exhibition in the history of the museum.

eik3-1-04.jpg"Karuta asobi zu", a painting from the ARC's Fujii Eikan Bunko Collection, is exhibited during the first half of the exhibition (June 30 - July 26). This is a great opportunity to see the painting in real life. ("Karuta asobi zu" in the ARC Database:

Moreover, Natsuko Takasu, one of the ARC's Visiting Collaborative Researchers, has contributed to the exhibition. Her contribution includes writing a column in the exhibition catalog, creating the Taisho-Meiji era style kimono coordinates and coordinating overseas collectors' kimono, and providing some decorative items for display. The coordinated kimono styles, matched with accessories such as han-eri, obi, and obi-dome, make up a beautiful art form.

DSC_7100.jpgPlease note that all visitors are required to make online reservations in advance due to social distancing.

[General Information]

KIMONO: Fashion Identities

Period: June 30-August 23, 2020 (closed on Mondays (except for August 10) and August 11)

(First half: June 30-July 26/Second half: July 28-August 23)

Hours: 9:30-18:00

Venue: Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)

Admission: Adults 1700 yen, University students 1200 yen, High school students 900 yen

*Please note that all tickets will be timed-entry tickets (timed tickets) and shall be purchased online in advance. Museum members and other visitors eligible for free admission shall also make advanced reservations online.

[Organizers] Tokyo National Museum, The Asahi Shimbun, TV Asahi Corporation, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan Arts Council

[Sponsors] Takara Leben Co., Ltd., Takenaka Corporation, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., Toyota Motor Corporation

[Support] Kobe Fashion Museum

(Photo credit: Natsuko Takasu)

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