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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 Emperor Shōwa sent this rare and refined piece to Her Majesty The Queen as a Coronation gift in 1953 – just one year after Japanese-British relations had been normalised by the Treaty of San Francisco, signed in 1951 and brought into force in 1

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.

Pair of jars

Graceful and Golden

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

RCIN 71611

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.