Pola Research Institute of Beauty & Culture’s 40th Anniversary Exhibit “Attire and Makeup for Celebrations” is currently open at the Pola Museum Annex in Ginza, Tokyo. Open until Feb 21.

Japanese women of the Edo period decorated their faces with white powder and colored their lips red. The eyebrows were accentuated with black pencils. This type of makeup was worn on happy occasions such as weddings as well as on typical days. Although the style of makeup today has greatly evolved since then, our sentiments towards feeling and looking beautiful have not changed.

The exhibit focuses on four Japanese themes: getting married, coming-of-age ceremony, celebrations and auspicious omens motifs.

Items on display include round mirrors, makeup boxes, makeup tables, tools for Ohaguro, scrolls from the Edo period detailing the process of drawing the eyebrows, kimonos worn on wedding days, purses, hair ornaments and more.

【Exhibit Information】
Pola Research Institute of Beauty & Culture’s 40th Anniversary Exhibit “Attire and Makeup for Celebrations”
Venue: Pola Museum Annex
Address: Pola Ginza Building 3rd floor 1-7-7 Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo
Dates: Jan 15 to Feb 21
Closed: none during exhibition period
Hours: 11 am to 8 pm (entry until 30min prior to close)
Admission: free of charge
Closed: none during exhibition period