Japan (Rooms 92–94)

The Mitsubishi Corporation
Japanese Galleries

5000 BC – present

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Mitsubishi Corporation’s origins lie in the Three Corporate Principles that have constituted its corporate philosophy since its foundation. Included in these principles is a commitment to promote international understanding between Japan and the wider world, and in the pursuit of this objective, the company’s activities include support of initiatives related to culture and the arts in the countries and communities in which it operates.

Mitsubishi Corporation’s partnership with the Museum began in 2008 with the support of the Japanese Galleries, one of the most prestigious displays of Japanese art and artefacts outside of Japan. During this time, the company has also supported the Mitsubishi Corporation Project Curator position, a curatorial post within the Japanese Section with the responsibility for delivering the Museum’s Japanese public programme and for working with external Japan-related organisations.

Additional support has included the sponsorship of The power of dogū: ceramic figures from ancient Japan special exhibition in 2009 as well as the Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave special exhibition in 2017. Mitsubishi Corporation also contributed towards the acquisition of the ‘Perry Scroll’, a beautifully preserved 15 metre handscroll commemorating the second visit of US Commodore Matthew Perry to Japan in 1854.