A Giant Leap: The Transformation of Hasegawa Tōhaku
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.

Admission: $12/$10 students and seniors

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

Exhibition-Related Programming


'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.

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

The Tale of Two Tōhakus

Uncrating a 16th Century Masterpiece

Tōhaku's Transformation

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.

$12/$10 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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