The Newark Museum Shows "Japan and the Art of Leisure"

artwork: Utagawa Hiroshige - "View of Mukôjima from the series Famous Restaurants of Edo" - Woodblock print - Collection of the Newark Museum. On view in "Poetic Pastimes: Japan and the Art of Leisure" until May 6th.

Newark, New Jersey.- The Newark Museum is proud to present “Poetic Pastimes: Japan and the Art of Leisure” on view at the museum through May 6th. “Poetic Pastimes: Japan and the Art of Leisure” brings to life the Japanese passion for play and it’s long-held affinity with nature through more than 100 pieces of fine and decorative arts spanning the last two and a half centuries. The pursuit of pleasure and self-cultivation has been central to Japanese life and culture since the development of an aristocratic court life in the classical Heian period (794–1185).  Leisure activity across social classes was elevated to a refined art form based on highly ritualized behavior and mediations on nature and the transition of seasons—the migration of birds, blossoming flowers and trees, autumn foliage under a harvest moon and brances laden with snow.