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KANSAI

“Kiyomori Taira: The 50th Anniversary of the Birth of NHK Taiga Drama”

THE MUSEUM OF KYOTO

by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

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.