Current Exhibition

July 8 (Fri) —August 21 (Sun), 2022

*The museum is closed Monday except July 18, 2022.

Tanomura Chikuden and the Bunjin-ga of Kyūshū

Bunjin-ga (literati painting) was introduced to Japan from China during the Edo period, and it was developed by the intellectuals who admired the literati culture. Bunjin-ga flourished in the Bungo province (present day Oita prefecture), and the representative painter is Tanomura Chikuden (1777–1835). A Confucian scholar from the Oka domain (present-day Taketa city, Oita) and well-read in Chinese culture, Chikuden met and exchanged ideas with scholars from various regions, deepening his career as a painter. Through the masterpieces of Chikuden as well as the works of his successor Bungo painters, this exhibition will introduce the profound world of bunjin-ga, which also captured the heart of Idemitsu Sazo.

Exhibition Schedule



10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Entrance until 4:30 p.m.)


Monday (The Museum will be open when Monday is a national holiday.),
the year-end and New Year holidays, and the change of exhibits.


2-3, Higashi-minatomachi, Moji-ku, Kitakyūshū-shi,
Fukuoka, 801-0853


Adults: ¥500
High School and College Students: ¥300
Junior High School Students or Younger: Free (with Parent or Guardian)

* ¥200 Discount for Persons with Disability (with Presentation of the Physical Disability Certificate and Free Admission for one Caretaker)


A 8-minute walk from JR Mojikō Station.

Guidelines for Enjoyment of Exhibitions

The museum visitors are reminded of the following for the enjoyment of the Museum by the other visitors.

  • Do not touch the exhibits and the display cases.
  • Do not use the fountain pens or the brushes which may stain the exhibits.
  • Switch off and do not use the mobile phones or activate the silent mode.
  • Do not take photographs.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Do not eat or drink any food or beverages brought in from outside.
  • Do not engage in acts or behavior which may disturb or annoy the others.
  • Do not bring in any dangerous materials.
  • Leave the umbrellas at the umbrella stand.
  • Do not bring in any animals and pets, except for guide or service dogs.