Outline of Exhibition

2004 Special Exhibition The Meiji Restoration and Hirata Kokugaku
Period of exhibition Wednesday, October 13 through Sunday, December 5, 2004
Venue National Museum of Japanese History
Access / Introduction To The Museum
Admission fee Included in general admission fee
Sponsor National Museum of Japanese History

A pupil of Motoori Norinaga, Hirata Atsutane (1776-1843) was a kokugaku ("National Learning") scholar who employed a broad network for collecting information at the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The National Museum of Japanese History has recently obtained materials from the Ibukinoya academy established by Atsutane and continued by his adopted son Kanetane, and then by his son Nobutane. Research undertaken on these materials has revealed new facts that are significant within the context of Japanese historical research. Featuring valuable materials that have been more or less hidden from public view over the years, including supposedly confidential Russian diplomatic documents, the exhibition focuses on the political activities of Atsutane and his four thousand followers throughout Japan around the time of the restoration of Emperor Meiji (1868), as well as the role played by Atsutane in influencing the new Meiji government.

"Painting of Shichishomai"
"Painting of Shichishomai"
"Painting of Shichishomai", 1820.
"Part One of The Travel Journal On the Road To the Capital"
"Part One of The Travel Journal On the Road To the Capital"
"Study of Examples of the Russian Alphabet", 1823.
"Study of Examples of the Russian Alphabet"
"Study of Examples of the Russian Alphabet"
"Part One of The Travel Journal On the Road To the Capital", 1806.