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Canadian Aboriginal Arts from the
Prince and Princess Takamado Collection
April 23 – June 17, 2009
Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery

March 10, 2009

Exhibition Announcement

The Embassy of Canada is pleased to present Canadian Aboriginal Arts from the Prince and Princess Takamado Collection to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Canada – Japan diplomatic relations.

The late Prince Takamado first went to Canada in 1978 to study at Queen's University in Ontario. He returned a number of times after completing his studies and had a deep fondness for Canada and its people. He also had a great interest in Inuit culture. Both Prince and Princess Takamado visited Canada's North twice and met Inuit sculptors and print artists, through which they deepened their affection for Inuit culture. They are known as Inuit art collectors and generously loaned a part of their collection to the Embassy of Canada for display in August 2002.

This exhibition features about 35 items of Canadian aboriginal arts and crafts from the collection of Prince and Princess Takamado. In addition to the works loaned to the Embassy in 2002, there are other Inuit sculptures and as well as a mask and a coat by Canadian First Nations.

The Inuit are known for their sculptures of Arctic animals and hunting motifs, sometimes with a humorous touch. Mythology is often reflected in their artwork as well.

First Nations use subjects such as wolves, eagles, bears, frogs and other animals in their artwork. Those creatures are both symbols and guiding spirits.

In this exhibition, viewers will encounter animals in a variety of styles and will be able to get an idea of the world views of the aboriginal peoples of Canada.


Date: April 23 – June 17, 2009

  • Weekdays 9:00-17:30
  • Wednesdays 9:00-20:00
  • Closed on weekends and May 4

Place: Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery
(7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Admission: Free

Contact: Embassy of Canada, Public Affairs Section (Tel: 03-5412-6305)

Media contact: Ryuko Iikubo (Tel: 03-5412-6347)



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