Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room T4 & T5
October 10, 2012 (Wed) - November 25, 2012 (Sun)
Izumo is a land of myths and legends, and is a place where the gods and deities from across Japan gather in autumn. Many precious artifacts still remain in this land, including the immense amount of bronzes found at the Kojindani and Kamoiwakura sites, and a sacred column (uzubashira) excavated from the premises of Izumo Ōyashiro. This column brings to us the image of a grand shrine building, and entices us to the world of myths.
This year marks the 1300th year of the compilation of the Kojiki, which records mythical legends related to Izumo. In addition, next year is the year for the shrine to be rebuilt and renewed after a period of 60 years. On the occation of these events, this exhibition introduces the sacred land of Izumo through precious cultural assets, beginning with the sacred column (uzubashira) and other treasures of the Izumo Ōyashiro, as well as a designated National Treasure bronze sword, halberds, dotaku bells, arms and armor, swords, and representations of deities.