museum cabinet
for private collection


Located within the temple grounds of Todaiji temple, Shoso-in housed more than 9,000 precious works of art and handicraft. Its collection includes clothes, musical instruments, books, and weapons that found their way into the former capital of Nara via the Silk Road from China, India, and Persia. Shoso-in is a wooden treasure house that continues to stand today, having miraculously survived numerous earthquakes and fires in its long history since it was built over 1200 years ago. It is believed that the “azekurazukuri” architectural style of stacking triangular cross-sections of Japanese cypress timber in a grid-like manner has protected the furnishings from the humid climate in Japan, and the raised-floor construction technique which elevated the building’s floor above ground level has kept it from being damaged by insects. Many of the treasures housed in Shoso-in are still being preserved in excellent condition, with the dyed fabrics on display showcasing their vivid colors and the pieces of jewelry retaining their original shape. These items continue to share the history and culture of the Nara period with visitors to Shoso-in today. This historic wooden structure has a magnificent width of 33 meters and rests on the ground in a stunningly elegant fashion.
The simplicity of its construction captures the essence of the beauty of Japan.


This cabinet is reminiscent of the simple but stunning poise of Shoso-in.
Natural light filters gently into every corner of the cabinet through the glass and creates a natural setting for the tableware, glasses, books, and precious collections that are placed in the cabinet. The inner edge of the cabinet’s outer frame features a classical rounded “tamabuchi” design, while its sliding doors have been chamfered with a Japanese gingko-shaped bevel, allowing the cabinet to exude a Japanese and Oriental impression. This cabinet’s design is based on the theme of “Oriental beauty,” which goes beyond the boundaries of Japanese aesthetics by also drawing on the aesthetics of China and Korea to arrive at a unique concept of beauty that is simple, subtle, and refined.