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    Exhibition Films

    Japan: Courts and Culture showcases some of the finest treasures in the Royal Collection. Watch them come to life in these videos, with expert overviews and insights. Click on each image to see the short film.

    The Art of Lacquer

    This Japanese lacquer box decorated with a heron was a gift to Queen Elizabeth II for her coronation in 1953. Film made in collaboration with Japan House London.

    Graceful and Golden

    Ceramic artist Hitomi Hosono introduces ornate Kutani porcelain, with symbols of nature and royalty.

    Seeing the Samurai

    This fascinating Japanese armour was part of the first diplomatic gift between Japan and Britain.

    Stitching the Seasons

    The four panels of this extraordinary embroidered screen depict the four seasons.

    Japan: Courts and Culture
    An exhibition on arts and relations that have flowed between Japan and the British Royal Families

    The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.