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KANSAI

‘Treasures of Shosoin and Modern Crafts in Nara’

NARA PREFECTURAL MUSEUM OF ART

by Marie Omata

Staff Writer

The Nara Prefectural Museum of Art is holding an exhibition showcasing replicas of treasures that are stored at the Todai-ji (Eastern Great Temple) Shoso-in treasure house in Nara.

Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Shoso-in houses more than 9,000 artifacts, including documents, artworks and craft pieces, which are rarely shown to the public and date as far back as the 8th century. All the works in this show have been created by skilled craftsmen who have faithfully reproduced the quality of the originals; June 15-July 21.

Nara Prefectural Museum of Art; (0742) 23-3968; 10-6 Noborioji-cho, Nara; Kintetsu Nara Station, Nara Line. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri., Sat. till 7 p.m.). ¥1,000. Closed Mon. (except July 15), July 16. www.pref.nara.jp/31576.htm