Seasons of Japan - Update

We’re more than halfway through Seasons of Japan, a year-long journey that has taken us from spring’s fragrant Orchids display, to summer’s savory Pop Up: Noodle Shop, and on to fall’s masterworks exhibit, A Brush With Beauty: Japanese Paintings In Ink, Color, and Gold. Here are five ways to transport yourself to Japan this fall, minus the round-trip flight.

A Brush with Beauty: Japanese Paintings in Ink, Color, and Gold will feature the best of the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s collection of Edo-period art. (October 26, 2019 – January 26, 2020)

Fashion Redefined: Miyake, Kawakubo, Yamamoto presents the works of 1980s Japanese designers who challenged Western fashion by introducing clothing that draped and wrapped the body, concealing its contours and silhouette. (Through January 5, 2020) Support for this exhibition is provided by Dr. Howard & Mrs. Anita Harris and Tina Pasquinelli.

47 Rōnin: A Tale of Honor and Loyalty examines the story of the 47 rōnin, one of the most popular historical tales in Japan. A group of lordless samurai attacked the villa of an important government official, despite the deadly consequences. (Through November 17, 2019)

Nihontō: The Samurai Sword explores the history, symbolism, aesthetic qualities, and utility of the iconic Japanese samurai sword. (Through November 17, 2019) Support is provided by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation and the Asian Art Society of the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields.

Pop Up: Noodle Shop features ramen noodles and broth that are made on-site daily, using ingredients sourced from the Newfields campus or from Indiana farms. Try traditional and innovative takes on noodle bowls. For drinks, you can order Halo Hand-Made Blooming Tea, matcha beer, or sake. Make sure to explore the answers to mysteries on the menu, such as: Who is the "Emma" behind the delicious Emma Noodles? And, what's in the $7 Secret Cocktail whose only description is Shhh... ? (Through September 1, 2019)

Special retail offerings will happen all year. Visit The Museum & Garden Shop for elegant, one-of-a-kind Japanese gift items.


Seasons of Japan is supported by the Japan-America Society of Indiana and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Lead support for educational programs is provided by Honda Manufacturing of Indiana.