New Year’s Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum
To celebrate 2019 as the Year of the Boar the Tokyo National Museum is holding a thematic exhibition featuring works of art with boar motifs. The boar is the twelfth and the last animal sign of the Chinese zodiac completing the zodiac cycle. The character for “boar” in Japan can be read as “pig” in China and Korea hence some discrepancies in Western interpretations. Rather than the domesticated pig, the Japanese boar is a fearless animal symbolic of strength and abundant harvests. An exhibition of works with auspicious motifs is held simultaneously.