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An example of a box decorated with raden
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Radiant Raden

A special exhibition at Tokyo's Nezu Museum

Kim   - 1 min read
Venue : Nezu Museum When : Jan 9th - Feb 14th 2021, 10:00am - 5:00pm


The Nezu Museum has introduced an online timed-entry reservation system, for use by all visitors, as one of their measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Moreover, for the time being, the opening hours of NEZUCAFÉ is 10am - 4:30pm (last order: 4:00pm).

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A special exhibition taking place at Tokyo's Nezu Museum looks into the history behind raden pieces. This traditional decorative technique involves inlaying thin mother of pearl pieces on woodwork and lacquerware items, and it was introduced to Japan in the Nara Period (710–794).

Along with exploring the history of raden in Japan, there will also be raden items displayed that originate from mainland China, the Korean Peninsula, and the Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa).

Adult admission to the event is priced at 1300 yen, and timed-entry tickets must be reserved in advance. These can be booked through the official website here.

Getting there

Nezu Museum is located approximately 5 minutes on foot from the Tokyo Metro's Omotesando Station, served by the Ginza, Chiyoda, and Hanzomon lines. The closest exit to the museum is A5.

Parking at the museum is extremely limited (less than 10 spaces), so utilizing public transportation where possible is highly advisable.

More info

Find out more about Nezu Museum.


Kim @kim.b

I'm an expat who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan. I've also visited 44 of 47 prefectures and hope to get to the last three someday! I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's gr...