Theater

Theater program: August 1 - September 9, 2018

Theater is closed on August 3, 4, 5, 21, 24, 25, 26, 28, September 1, 2 and 8.
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Wonder of "View of Amanohashidate": Superb View by Sesshū

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. The 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
Sunday*, Tuesday**, and Thursday. 13:00- / 14:00- / 15:00-
*On Sunday Theater is closed on August 5, 26 and September 2.
**On Tuesday Theater is closed on August 21, 28.

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

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
Wednesday, Friday*, August 11, and 18. 13:00- / 14:00- / 15:00-
*Theater is closed on August 3 and 24.

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