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In 1975, HM The Queen became the first reigning monarch of the United Kingdom to make a State Visit to Japan.

Japanese works of art today adorn the walls of more than a dozen current and former royal residences, as they have done for centuries. Together they demonstrate the vibrant artistic exchange that has long united our two courts and cultures.

A Coronation Gift for The Queen

An exceptional work of lacquerware selected by the Japanese Emperor

Exhibition Objects

Shirayama Shosai (1853-1923)

Lacquer box decorated with a heron