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Japan: Courts and Culture

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

  • Next event: Friday, 12 Jun 2020
    Daily (Friday, 12 Jun 2020 - Sunday, 8 Nov 2020)
  • Adults, Groups (15+ people)

The Royal Collection holds some of the most significant examples of Japanese art and design in the western world. For the first time, highlights from this outstanding collection are brought together to tell the story of 300 years of diplomatic, artistic and cultural exchange between the British and Japanese royal and imperial families. The exhibition includes rare pieces of porcelain and lacquer, samurai armour, embroidered screens and diplomatic gifts from the reigns of James I to Her Majesty The Queen. Together, they offer a unique insight into the worlds of ritual, honour and artistry linking the courts and cultures of Britain and Japan.

Akatsuka Jitoku (1871-1936)

Two door cabinet of drawers

Arita, Hizen province [Japan]

Jar and cover

Shirayama Shosai (1853-1923)

Lacquer box decorated with a heron

Japan [Asia]

Samurai armour

Iwai Yozaemon (active 1585-1610)

Armour (dōmaru)

Japan [Asia]

Pair of cups

Japan [Asia]


Japan [Asia]

Folding screen

Map & directions

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA
By train

London Victoria.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By underground

Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner.  For further information visit the Transport for London website.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.  Victoria Coach Station is a 10-minute walk from the Palace.  For further information visit the Transport for London website.