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Miyabi: Renaissance of Court Culture

Miyabi, defined as "grace" or "refinement," was a central aesthetic concept in court culture during the Heian period (794–1185) in Japan. When the samurai gained dominance during the following Kamakura period (1185–1333), they eclipsed the social standing previously held by the emperor and the aristocracy. During the later Edo period (1615–1868), the samurai held political and economic authority, but lacked the refinement and cultural influence of their predecessors. So they sought to revive courtly elements of Heian-period culture. HoMA's outstanding collection of Japanese art contains many rare and fascinating objects that reflect this Heian "Miyabi" revival and are the subject of this spotlight exhibition.

This exhibition offers an intimate and sumptuous look at Japanese culture, the centuries-long impact of court aesthetics, and how changes to these aesthetics over time reflect larger societal movements created by increasing numbers of people participating in and influencing Japanese culture.

May 23, 2024 - July 28, 2024
Honolulu Museum of Art
Gallery 3
Honolulu, HI 96814
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Location: Oʻahu