Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive and 12th Street, SW
Galleries 6, 6A, & 7 Floor Plan
The second part of this exhibition also features a selection of paintings, lacquer, and ceramics of the Edo period from the Freer Gallery's extensive permanent collection. These works present a vivid glimpse of the lively metropolis of Edo (modern Tokyo), which grew rapidly around the castle of the Tokugawa shoguns and fostered a new popular urban culture that was distinct from the courtly culture of Kyoto, the traditional artistic center of Japan. Many of the arts we regard today as traditional Japanese expressions flourished in the vibrant culture of the Edo period.