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KANSAI

“Taira no Kiyomori”

KOBE CITY MUSEUM

by Tomoko Hori

Staff Writer

This exhibition celebrates the 50th year since the start of NHK’s “Taiga Dorama,” a popular historical drama series. This year’s program centers on Taira no Kiyomori, the first samurai warrior to become Daisho Daijin — head of the era’s Daisho Kan (Department of State) — and gain governmental power around the end of the Heian Period (794-1185).

Showcasing paintings, samurai armor and crafts, the show explores the life of Taira no Kiyomori, who is also famous for commissioning the Itsukushima Jinjya shrine in Hiroshima Prefecture, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site; till April 8.

Kobe City Museum; (078) 391-0035; 24 Kyomachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo; Sannomiya Station, JR Kobe, Hankyu Kobe, and Hanshin Honsen lines. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri. till 7 p.m.) ¥1,200. Closed Mon. www.city.kobe.lg.jp/museum/.