Theater

Theater program: May. 19 - July. 29, 2015

Fujiwara Clan's Sutra Container and Sutra Case: The Prayers and Splendor of the Heian Aristocracy

[High Vision Cinema] English audio guide available / about 16 min.

This video delves into the historical and artistic significance of three National Treasure-designated sutra receptacles unearthed from the temple complex at Kinpusen, in Yoshino, Nara prefecture. The gilt bronze sutra container and two gold and silver-decorated bronze sutra boxes--one with paired birds and another with Buddhist flowers--originally held sutras that were buried as votive offerings by Fujiwara Michinaga (966-1028), once the most powerful regent in Japan, during a pilgrimage to the sacred mountain site. Through footage of present day Kinpusen and Enryaku-ji on Mt. Hiei, as well documentary evidence provided by Michinaga's diary Mido Kanpaku ki, we discover the historical and artistic significance of these National Treasures. Close up views of the inscriptions and the designs inscribed into these vessels give us a sense of the aspirations of their patron as well as the Pure Land adoration that was so prevalent in the culture of the Heian court.

Fujiwara Clan's Sutra Container and Sutra Case
a scene in "Fujiwara Clan's Sutra Container and Sutra Case"

Showtimes
Lecture Theater in Heisei Chishinkan Wing
Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday 13:00- / 14:00- / 15:00-
*Theater is closed every Saturday, May 31, June 14, 28, July 12, 16, 19, and 30.

Wonder of "View of Amanohashidate": Superb View by Sesshū

[High Vision Cinema] English audio guide available / about 16 min.

View of Amanohashidate is a masterwork by painter Sesshū Tōyō (1420-1506), perhaps the best known Japanese artist of all time. Using high-resolution aerial footage, this film investigates the actual peninsula depicted in this remarkable ink landscape and considers questions about its composition and creation.

Wonder of View of Amanohashidate: Superb View by Sesshū
a scene in "Wonder of View of Amanohashidate: Superb View by Sesshū"

Showtimes
Lecture Theater in Heisei Chishinkan Wing
July 20, Wednesday, Friday 13:00- / 14:00- / 15:00-
*Theater is closed every Saturday, July 29 and July 31

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