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Special exhibition: National Treasures of To-ji Temple; Kukai and the Sculpture Mandala

Special exhibition: National Treasures of To-ji Temple; Kukai and the Sculpture Mandala / Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries   March 26, 2019 (Tue) - June 2, 2019 (Sun)

  

Following the relocation of the capital to Kyoto, To-ji temple (Kyo-o-gokoku-ji temple) was established alongside Sai-ji temple as a state-sponsored institution meant to ensure divine protection for the country. Around this time, the Japanese priest Kukai travelled to Tang-dynasty China to study the newly-established teachings of Esoteric Buddhism. In 823, Emperor Saga granted Kukai control of To-ji following his return from China. Kukai made this temple the focal point of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism, with the year 2023 set to mark the 1,200th anniversary of the establishment of this influential religious sect.
The objects of Esoteric Buddhism associated with Kukai are also of immense artistic quality, with their rich variety and expressiveness holding an exceptional position among the Buddhist art of Japan. This comprehensive exhibition will present cultural properties handed down at To-ji, with a focus on the numerous treasured articles associated with Kukai himself. The Lecture Hall of To-ji houses Kukai’s sculpture mandala, a three-dimensional representation of the pantheon of Shingon Buddhism. This exhibition will feature an unprecedented 15 of the mandala’s 21 sculptures, including 11 National Treasures and 4 Important Cultural Properties. Other magnificent sculptures and paintings, as well as works of calligraphy and decorative art representing the pinnacle of artistic expression in Esoteric Buddhism will also be displayed. We invite you to witness these priceless objects, passed down together with the teachings of Kukai for nearly 1,200 years at To-ji temple.

General Information

Period

Tuesday, March 26 - Sunday, June 2, 2019

Venue Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)
Hours 9:30 - 17:00, Fridays, Saturdays until 21:00
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Closed Mondays and Tuesday, May 7 (however, National Treasures of Toji Temple will be open to the public on Monday, April 1, while all exhibitions will be open on Monday April 29 and May 6)
Admission Adults: 1600 (1400/1300) yen
University students: 1200 (1000/900) yen
High school students: 900 (700/600) yen
Junior high school students and under: Free 
* Prices shown in parentheses indicate advance and group (more than 20 persons) discount tickets.
* Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each (please present an ID at the ticket booth).
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Advance tickets will be on sale at the museum ticket booths (during museum opening hours excluding the last 30 minutes) and other major ticketing agencies from January 15 to March 25, 2019.
* Early discount tickets will be on sale for 1200 yen at the museum ticket booths (during museum opening hours excluding the last 30 minutes) and other major ticketing agencies from Saturday, December 1, 2018 to Monday, January 14, 2019.

* With this special exhibition ticket, you can also see the regular exhibition.
* Tickets to this exhibition include one admission to the regular exhibitions on the date of entry.
Access 10 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station
15 minutes' walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station
Organizers Tokyo National Museum, Kyo-o-gokoku-ji Temple (To-ji Temple), The Yomiuri Shimbun, NHK, and NHK Promotion
With the Special Sponsorship of Daiwa Securities Group
With the Sponsorship of Nissha Co., Ltd.
General Inquiries 03-5777-8600  (Hello Dial)
Exhibition Website https://toji2019.jp/en/index.html

 

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