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KANTO

“Grand Exhibition of Sacred Treasures from Shinto Shrines”

Tokyo National Museum

by Florian Turgeon

Staff Writer

Shinto, a religion endemic to Japan, has had a tremendous impact on the country’s inhabitants, who believe that kami (gods) reside in Nature. Over the years, shinto shrines have sheltered various treasures given to them, including art, ancient objects and paintings.

Tokyo National Museum, with the collaboration of Jinja Honcho (Association of Shinto Shrines), will display such items to the public in an exhibition divided into six parts. Each section thematically groups similar objects coming from different shrines; till June 2.

Tokyo National Museum, Heiseikan; (03) 5405-8686; 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo; Ueno Station, JR Yamanote Line. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri. till 8 p.m.). ¥1,500. Closed Mon. (except April 29, May 6), May 7. www.tnm.jp.