Where Buddhism and Shintoism meet

Jan 22, 2015

Where Buddhism and Shintoism meet

by Matthew Larking

Works from the Tendai Buddhist Gakuenji temple in Shimane Prefecture form the feature exhibition of Kyoto National Museum’s New Year’s show. Tradition tells that the priest Chishun established Gakuenji around the time of the Empress Suiko (554-628) though centuries passed before it was first ...

Kyoto's top treasures, all under one roof

Oct 16, 2014

Kyoto's top treasures, all under one roof

by Sachiko Tamashige

Kyoto is at its most brilliant and beautiful in autumn, with its World Heritage scenery colored in red and golden leaves. This year, it’s also a time when visitors have the rare opportunity to learn about the essence of Kyoto culture at the Kyoto ...

'Masterpieces of Kosan-ji Temple'

Oct 2, 2014

'Masterpieces of Kosan-ji Temple'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The Kyoto National Museum recently opened its new Heisei Chishinkan wing with the special exhibition “Kyoto: Splendors of the Ancient Capital,” and it is now continuing the celebration with “Masterpieces of Kosan-ji Temple” in its main Meiji Kotokan building. Though full of national treasures, ...

'Captivating Qing-dynasty Ceramics'

Oct 9, 2013

'Captivating Qing-dynasty Ceramics'

by Jordan Sievers

Chinese ceramics made during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) are considered some of the finest in the world. Their delicate aesthetics and attention to elaborate detail, made such works particularly popular with the European nobility of that time. As their popularity and value increased overseas, ...

'Play'

Jul 10, 2013

'Play'

by Alisa Yamasaki

This exhibition focuses on recreation in ancient Japan. More than 100 artifacts from the Kyoto National Museum’s collection are being displayed, categorized under nine types of “play,” such as festivals, indoor games, children’s toys, and song and dance. Artifacts include toys and board games ...