The hugely popular Japanese “Taiga Drama” on NHK TV, has turned 50 this year, and for the past half a century it has focused on a different historical character each year. This year, it follows Taira no Kiyomori (1118-1181), a military leader who survived political upheavals at the end of the Heian Period (794-1185), a time when Japan’s traditional aristocracy was gradually becoming obsolete.
This exhibition showcases historical artifacts and documents related to Taira, including depictions of high-profile battles between the Taira clan and its archenemy the Minamoto family; June 16-July 17.
The Museum of Kyoto; (075) 222-0888; Sanjo Takakura, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto; Karasuma Oike Station, Karasuma Line. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥1,200. Closed Mon. www.bunpaku.or.jp/index.html.