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SHIGA

“The Path to Tendai Buddhism: In Search of the Eternal Shakyamuni Buddha”

MIHO MUSEUM

by Tomoko Hori

Staff Writer

Miho Museum is the Shigaraki venue of a three-museum special set of autumn exhibitions, titled “Omi: Spiritual Home of Kami and Hotoke,” featuring portrayals of gods and Buddhist iconography originating in the Omi region (present-day Shiga Prefecture). The two other venues are the Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, and Otsu City Museum of History.

Out of around 300 works on show at the museums, 105 Buddhist works are from the Tendai sect, including statues and paintings, which are being exhibited at Miho Museum.

The Tendai sect started in the early Heian Period (794-1192) at Mount Hiei in the west of Shiga Prefecture; till Dec. 11.

Miho Museum; (0748) 82-3411; 300 Tashiro Momodani, Shigaraki-cho, Koka-shi, Shiga-ken; 20-min. taxi ride from Shigaraki Station, Shigaraki Kogen Railway Line. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥950. www.biwako-visitors.jp/shinbutsu.