Exhibition

The Valiant Adventures of Tawara Tōda

A medieval short story, re-told in elegant calligraphy and glittering images, the Tale of Tawara Tōda offers an engaging insight into Japan’s storytelling traditions.

Tawara Tōda Hidesato

Tale of Tawara Tōda
mid-17th century
Japan
CBL J 1164

Tale of Tawara Tōda on display
mid-17th century
Japan
CBL J 1164

Tale of Tawara Tōda
mid-17th century
Japan
CBL J 1164

A medieval short story, re-told in elegant calligraphy and glittering images, the Tale of Tawara Tōda offers an engaging insight into Japan’s storytelling traditions. These three painted handscrolls document the exploits of tenth-century warrior Tawara Tōda Hidesato (Fujiwara no Hidesato), whose tale of daring deeds blends history and legend, with an added dash of romance. Whether dispatching a giant centipede or defeating a nefarious rebel, our brave hero faces down his enemies with grace and cunning, to be richly rewarded with treasures untold. This in-focus exhibition follows a three-year programme of conservation undertaken by conservators at Restorient Studio, Leiden, and generously supported by Japan’s Sumitomo Foundation.

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Highlights

  • List
  • Grid
  • Slideshow
  • Tawara Tōda Hidesato meets the dragon at Seta Bridge
    mid-17th century
    Japan
    CBL J 1164.1

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  • Tawara Tōda Hidesato and the killer centipede of Mt. Mikami
    mid-17th century
    Japan
    CBL J 1164.1

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  • Tale of Tawara Tōda
    mid-17th century
    Japan
    CBL J 1164

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  • Tale of Tawara Tōda
    mid-17th century
    Japan
    CBL J 1164

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  • Tale of Tawara Tōda
    mid-17th century
    Japan
    CBL J 1164

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