Feature Exhibition; Puppies Galore: Celebrating the Year of the Dog

Hope you are enjoying winter,Kyoto is also beautiful in winter too.

We would like to introduce an exhibition about next year of the dog.

Exhibition Title Feature Exhibition; Puppies Galore: Celebrating the Year of the Dog
Period December 19, 2017-January 21, 2018
Venue Heisei Chishinkan Wing (The Collections Galleries), Galleries 2F-1, 2
Transportation JR, Kintetsu Railway, Keihan Railway, Hankyu Railway, City Bus / Map
Closed Closed on Monday
Dec. 25, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018.
*When Monday is a national holiday, the museum will be opened on Monday and closed on Tuesday.
Museum Hours Tuesday – Thursday, Sunday: 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Entrance Until 4:30 p.m.)
Friday, Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Entrance until 7:30 p.m.)
Admission Adult 520 yen (410 yen)
Univ. Student 260 yen (210 yen)
(Fees in parentheses are for groups of 20+)
*Admission is free for youths of high school age and below.

Images from the Exhibit

2018 is the Year of the Dog according to the twelve-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Dogs are sociable creatures closely interconnected with human life. In Japan, canine presence is particularly old in the realm of hunting. Records tell us that the ancient Emperor Ōjin (200–310 CE) had a hunting dog named Manashiro for which he constructed a special tomb after it died.
The other kind of canine long beloved in Japan is the toy-sized Chin, typically kept as an indoor pet. Today, the standardized Japanese Chin has a short nose, flat face, and long black and white fur. This breed did not actually originate in Japan, though its history in this country is in fact quite ancient. Short-nosed dogs originating in Tibet were brought to Japan by at least the Nara period (710–794). In the Edo period (1615–1868), the term Chin was used to refer not only to these small lapdogs but also to terriers with longer snouts.
We hope that dog lovers from around the world will enjoy to this exhibition exploring the age-old relationships between all kinds of Japanese canines and their humans. Here, as in countries all over the world, dogs have provided amusement and delight for centuries.