The Takasago Collection Propagates the Culture of Fragrance
The Takasago Collection is the nucleus of the company’s cultural activities. It began in 1964, when the company acquired the Box of ten types of fragrances, plum and pine decoration in maki-e, said to have been handed down in the Mito Tokugawa family.
From the 1990s, Takasago has engaged wholeheartedly in collecting a wide range of artifacts, from East and West, that communicate the culture of fragrance. The result is a diverse collection that, reflecting the long history and geographic expanse of fragrances and aromatic materials, includes items that range from Ancient Egyptian jars for aromatic oils to twentieth-century perfume bottles. It includes not only the many different shapes of vessels used to hold fragrances but also the utensils used in Japan’s Way of Fragrance, aromatic woods, and paintings and posters concerning fragrances.
Works from this collection, composed of items in many forms and from many periods and regions, have been shown in cooperation with special exhibitions at various museums. In addition, the company provides the gallery for the collection in its headquarters.
Fragrances in Japan
Fragrances in Foreign Countries
Jumonji Bishin’s works on Takasago Collection
TAKASAGO COLLECTION® Gallery
Opening times: Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm
(Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time.)
Closed: Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays
December 27 - January 5