A Giant Leap: The Transformation of Hasegawa Tōhaku

First Rotation: March 9—April 8, 2018
Second Rotation: April 12—May 6, 2018

This special exhibition focuses on the life and legacy of Hasegawa Tōhaku (1539-1610), founder of the Hasegawa school of painting and one of 16th-century Japan's leading artistic innovators. As the first ever exhibition in the U.S. dedicated to Tōhaku, A Giant Leap traces the artist's evolution from a provincial painter of Buddhist subjects to a master favored by shogun, samurai, and other cultural luminaries. Vibrantly painted screens and scrolls, including Important Cultural Properties, illustrate Tōhaku's dramatic transformation. Steep yourself in the Golden Age of Japanese art and revel in Tōhaku's most sumptuous and atmospheric masterpieces in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.

Single Visit Admission: $12
Two Rotation Pass: $20

Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Welcome Desk or online in advance.

For Single Visit Admission & Two Rotation Pass: You must choose your (first) visiting date during checkout. Tickets will be valid the entire day of admission.
For the Two Rotation Pass: Your second ticket can be redeemed one time, on any date between April 12 and May 6, 2018, during standard Gallery hours.

Exhibition-Related Programming

Selected Works

Audio Tour

Listen to the audio tour of Japan Society's spring exhibition, A Giant Leap: The Transformation of Hasegawa Tōhaku, on view through May 6, 2018. Narration by Michael Chagnon, Ph.D., Curator of Exhibition Interpretation. Hear the full audio tour here.

Exhibition Preview

Discovering Tōhaku


'A Giant Leap' CatalogueGet the official A Giant Leap: The Transformation of Hasegawa Tōhaku catalogue, along with catalogues of past exhibitions at our online store. Also available for purchase in-person at the Welcome Desk.

Visitor Information

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday—Thursday, 12 PM—7 PM
Friday, 12 PM—9 PM
Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM—5 PM
Closed Mondays and on major holidays.

Single Visit: $12/$10 students and seniors
Both Rotations: $20/$16 students and seniors
Free for Japan Society members (Join today!)
Free admission on Fridays from 6—9 PM.
  Group Tours:
Tailored private tours for organizations and school groups are available upon request. To arrange tours please call (212) 715-1224. Two weeks advance request recommended.

Docent Tours:
Tuesday—Saturday at 2:30 PM, Friday at 7 PM
Japanese Language Tour, Friday at 6 PM
Free with gallery admission.

A Giant Leap: The Transformation of Hasegawa Tōhaku is supported by Tsuneko and Shoji Sadao, Dian Woodner, Jane and Raphael Bernstein, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., Yuko Hosomi and Koichi Yanagi, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Canon U.S.A., Inc., and The Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation.


Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor, and American Airlines, the exclusive American airline sponsor.


Exhibitions and Arts & Culture Lecture Programs at Japan Society are made possible in part by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund, the Mary Griggs Burke Endowment Fund established by the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation, Chris A. Wachenheim, and Friends of the Gallery. Support for Arts & Culture Lecture Programs is provided, in part, by the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund.

Hasegawa Tōhaku (Nobuharu), Flowers and Birds of Spring and Summer, ca. 1582 (detail). Six-panel folding screen; ink, color, and gold on paper. Private collection, New York.

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