Exhibitions in BRH

The princess who loved insects

Period:
April, 2012 ~
Place:
Entrance hall 1F

A sense of love born from taking the time to engage with living things is the core principle of the BRH. The “Tales of the Riverside Middle Counselor“(Tsutsumi Chūnagon Monogatari)from Japan’s Heian Period (written in the beginning of 11th century) tell of “The Princess Who Loved Insects” (Mushi Mezuru Himegimi). Despite her elevated rank, the spent her time observing the living things around her and learning about their true natures out of a spirit of scientific inquiry. The natural world of Japan so keenly observed by the princess is depicted on a six-paneled folding screen in the style of natural history paintings (hakubutsuga) of the Edo Period. The story unfolds to show how studies at many BRH labs now focus on tiny forms of life. We hope these lovely illustrations and moving research images fill you with the same sense of enjoyment and “love” as experienced by the princess.

The princess who loved insects

Page top