The Kōrin Kimono Restoration Project

The Kōrin Kimono features a design by Ogata Kōrin.
Now, after 300 years, the garment is in need of restoration.
With your support, we will ensure this valuable cultural property is passed down to future generations.
Thank you for participating in the Kōrin Kimono Restoration Project.

Thank you for helping us restore the Kōrin Kimono!
Thanks to your generous donations, the Kōrin Kimono Restoration Project has reached its 15 million yen target. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported our project and to all our corporate sponsors.
Thanks to you, the restoration work has now begun. We will endeavor to keep updated about the process from here on too.

We will continue to accept donations until the end of 2021
These additional donations will be used to restore other cultural properties in the Tokyo National Museum's collection. We look forward to receiving your ongoing support to help ensure our valuable cultural properties can be passed down to future generations.

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The Kōrin Kimono features a design of autumm grasses and flowers by the renowned Japanese artist Ogata Kōrin.
The Kōrin Kimono Restoration Project is undertaken by Tokyo National Museum and the National Center for the Promotion of Cultural Properties(hereinafter referred to as TNM and CPCP) with support from all your donations. TNM and CPCP aim to provide everyone with opportunities to encounter cultural properties. We also strive to build a society where many people can participate in activities aimed at passing these treasures of humanity down to future generations. This project forms part of this mission to mobilize the strength of individuals, companies and organizations to ensure our precious cultural heritage will be transmitted to the future.

Fund-raising target  15 million yen

*Donations will be used to fund restoration expenses and the running costs of the project.
*If donations exceed our target, the additional funds will be used to cover the cost of restoring other cultural properties in Tokyo National Museum’s collection.

Fund-raising period  January 2020 – June 2022The end of 2021

*The Kōrin Kimono restoration is scheduled to finish in autumn 2022. 


Q.What Kōrin Kimono Restoration Project events will be held?

A.Details of various events are listed on our ‘Event Information’ page. We look forward to your participation.

Q.Until when will you be accepting donations?

A.We plan to solicit donations from January 2020 to June 2022.We will continue to receive donations until the end of 2021. Any change of details will be listed on our website.

Q.How will you use the donations?

A.They will be used to cover the project’s restoration costs and operational expenses.
*Thanks to your generosity, we have managed to beat our target of 15 million yen.
Any additional funds will contribute to the cost of restoring other cultural properties in the Tokyo National Museum's collection.

Q.Will the garment be exhibited after the restoration?

A.We plan to exhibit the kimono from 2023 onwards. The finalized details will be posted our website.

Q.How can I donate to the Kōrin Kimono Restoration Project?

A.Please donate here on this website. Donation box is also installed in next to Room 11 of the Japanese Gallery (Honkan) at the Tokyo National Museum .


A Message from Our Curator

Oyama Yuzuruha (Chief Curator of Decorative Arts, Tokyo National Museum)

A few words of gratitude for your donations that helped us reach our fund-raising target

We would like to thank you deeply for all your generous support. We have been touched by the kindness, warmth, and respect shown to the Tokyo National Museum, the Edo-period artist Ogata Kōrin, and Japanese traditional culture.
The Kōrin Kimono was transported to the restoration studio in January this year. In the the following months, it was disassembled and long discussions about how the restoration should be carried out were held. Over the next two years, the damaged ground of the kimono will be reinforced and a lining applied.The restoration will be completed by the end of 2022, with the restored kimono then exhibited in 2023.
The Tokyo National Museum, the National Center for the Promotion of Cultural Properties, and the artisans at the restoration studio are working hard to ensure the beautiful Kōrin Kimono can be shown to the public again. We look forward to receiving your generous support from here on too. Thank you. (July 5, 2021)

According to records bequeathed to our museum, the Kōrin Kimono was purchased by the Tokyo Imperial Household Museum (Tokyo National Museum’s predecessor) during the Meiji period (1868–1912). It came with a document attesting to its provenance. This document states that the garment originally came with no lining, just the outer fabric. A lining was then attached and the garment mounted as a kimono for display.
When I first exhibited the Kōrin Kimono, I was shocked by how damaged it was compared to photographs I had seen. The autumn flower pattern had such a graceful beauty when viewed from a distance, but a closer view revealed how the white lining had been sewed in using a ragged plain stitch in a manner almost reminiscent of the quilting on a traditional Japanese farming jacket. This plain stitch dates back to when the garment was mounted as a kimono after entering the museum’s collection, but the extensive application of large white threads ended up obscuring Ogata Kōrin’s brushwork. The fragile silk ground had also suffered wear and tear over the garment’s 300-year history. It can still be exhibited today, but the plain stitch on the outer fabric is too strong and it is clear the silk ground will only grow weaker if no action is taken.
This is the only fully-intact garment featuring a pattern drawn by Ogata Kōrin. We now need to begin the necessary repair work to ensure the Korin Kimono can be passed down through the next 100 to 200 years.


Object Outline

Important Cultural Property: Robe (Kosode) with Autumn Flowers
By Ogata Kōrin
L. 147.2cm yuki 165.1cm
Edo period, early-18th century (1701–1800)

The Important Cultural Property Robe (Kosode) with Autumn Flowers was designed by Ogata Kōrin, an Edo period artist who gave his name to the renowned Rinpa school.

Kōrin was born in Kyoto. He later went to Edo (as Tokyo was formerly known) and in 1709 he stayed at the house of a lumber merchant named Fuyuki family, located in the Fukagawa district. He drew this pattern for the wife of the merchant, which is why the garment is also known as the Fuyuki Kosode.

Garments with unique patterns or pictures painted directly onto the surface using ink or color were very popular among the wives of wealthy merchants. This trend explains why Kōrin was asked to draw this pattern on the kimono.

The back section features a vivid, well-balanced design of chrysanthemums, bush clovers and pampas grass. The gradations of indigo and black ink are accentuated by red and yellow shading.

The back section features a vivid, well-balanced design of chrysanthemums, bush clovers and pampas grass. The gradations of indigo and black ink are accentuated by red and yellow shading.

The Kōrin Kimono features autumn flowers such as chrysanthemums, bush clovers, bellflowers and pampas grass, all rendered using different shades of indigo. Balloon flowers unfurl across the upper section, while chrysanthemums and bush clovers bloom wildly from the waist downwards.

A glance at the overall design reveals a blank section around the waist where the obi belt was tied. KKōrin’s parents ran Karigane-ya, a kimono merchant that dated back to the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573–1603). This probably explains how he was able to draw the pattern with such a clear image of how the garment would look when worn.

The Restoration of The Kōrin Kimono

East-Asian cultural properties are often made of fragile materials like wood, paper or silk. As such, they are prone to damage from light, heat and changes of temperature. At the Tokyo National Museum, we carefully control the heat, humidity, light, and the amount of harmful chemicals in the air to create optimal conditions for the preservation of these cultural properties, thus ensuring any wear and tear is minimized. However, restoration work is necessary if an object has suffered particular damage through the passing of time.
Periodic restoration work is vital for maintaining our cultural properties in a good condition and ensuring they can be passed down to future generations.

Tokyo National Museum has pursued ongoing remedial conservation work using funds allotted from its budget. However, budgetary constrictions have left many cultural properties waiting for restoration work.
The Kōrin Kimono has also deteriorated over the years to the point where several stains and snapped threads are now visible. There are also traces of plain stitch used during a previous restoration to reinforce damaged fabric. This is now leading to new damage.

The white lining has been sewn up in a ragged manner using plain stitch.

The ground is damaged from the collar to the shoulder area.

The restoration project will take place over a period of two years from 2020. It will begin with the disassembly of the outer fabric, followed by the removal of the previous restoration, reinforcement and repair work, and the application of a new lining. It will then be returned to the Tokyo National Museum.
We are hoping to raise 15 million yen in donations to ensure the Kōrin Kimono can be passed down to future generations. Will you help us reach this goal?


The names of all Kōrin Kimono Restoration Project donors will be listed on our website (unless they wish to remain anonymous). 
Also donors who donate over 10,000 yen will receive other benefits as shown below. Thank you for your consideration.

¥150,000 or more

  • Lacquered goods set by Murose Kazumi
  • Name listing on the book which will be stored in perpetuity with the work
  • Invitation to the unveiling ceremony after the restoration work is completed
  • 5 tickets to regular exhibitions
  • Name listing

From ¥30,000 to ¥149,000

  • Furoshiki featuring the donor’s name
  • Name listing

From ¥10,000 to ¥29,000

  • Maki-e sticker
  • 2 tickets to regular exhibitions
  • Name listing

All donors

  • Name listing

* Limited to addresses within Japan.
* To be delivered by post (with postage costs covered by the CPCP).
* The furoshiki will be dispatched when ready, probably around 60 days after the payment is confirmed.
* The lacquered goods set (chopstick and chopstick holder with an original Kōrin Kimono design supervised by Living National Treasure Murose Kazumi) will be dispatched around springtime 2021. Applicants will be sent an exchange ticket upon confirmation of the donation.
* The aforementioned tickets and goods cannot be resold, used for sales promotion without the CPCP’s permission, or used in other ways that are deemed similar to the above. The application will be invalidated and the donation will be returned if one of the aforementioned actions is found to have occurred.
* The benefit packages above may be subject to change if we run out of limited-edition gifts.

About Thank-you Gift

Lacquered goods set by Murose Kazumi

This photo is for illustrative purposes.

This project involves the restoration of Ogata Kōrin’s Kōrin Kimono. The project is being crowdfunded and I have prepared some chopstick holders as a thank-you gift. The holders feature a maki-e design of the ‘Kōrin swirls,’ the central wave-like design in Red and White Plum Blossoms, one of Kōrin’s masterpieces. The holders come with a pair of wooden chopsticks. These symbolize a bridge with water flowing beneath.

Kazumi Murose (Living National Treasure (maki-e))

Furoshiki featuring the donor’s name

I was allowed to help out with the Kōrin Kimono reproduction project. I was entrusted with the dye work for the project’s small furoshiki wrapping cloths. I tried to ensure the atmosphere and exquisite design of Ogata Kōrin’s kimono remained intact. I paid particular attention to the colors of the balloon flowers during the dyeing process as I strove to bring this important piece of Japanese history to life in these furoshiki cloths.

Sugishita Eizi (dyer; Sugishita Ltd)


Maki-e sticker

As a manufacturer of the gold powder used in the maki-e process, our company developed ‘transfer gold maki-e’ during the Edo period to communicate the charms of maki-e to more people.
Kōrin also worked with maki-e, so it was a joy to work on this project while imagining how the autumn flowers design would appear in maki-e.
It would give me great pleasure if people transferred this original Kōrin design onto their mobile phones, hand mirrors or other treasured items.

Watanabe Yukiko (G&S Co., Ltd.)

Our Donors

Allow us to introduce our donors.
Thank you for participating in the Kōrin Kimono Restoration Project and we look forward to your continued warm support!


List of donors/Messages from donors

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The Kōrin Kimono Restoration Project Team


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Operational Organization National Institutes for Cultural Heritage
Operational Director Kashiwada Akio, Secretary-General
Address 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8712, Japan
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When an individual makes donations to a public-service promotion corporation, the amount paid is treated as a "designated donation" and a certain amount is subject to tax deduction following appropriate procedures. This system allows either [the sum of total donation made during the year] or [Amount equal to 40% of total income] (Applied to the lower amount of the two) minus 2000 yen to be deducted from taxes.


  • If total annual income is 8,000,000 yen:
    40% of total annual income = 3,200,000 yen
  • Tax deducted in this case is calculated as follows:
    If total amount of donation is 50,000 yen; (50,000 yen - 2,000 yen = 48,000 yen)
    If total amount of donation is 4,000,000 yen; 3,200,000 - 2,000 yen = 3,198,000 yen


When a corporate makes donations to a public-service promotion corporation, the amount paid can be listed separate from standard donations to receive preferential tax deduction. In addition, the revisions to the tax system in 2012 raised the deductible amount limit to allow for a further preferential treatment.
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