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850th Anniversary Special Exhibition    <br>Shinran: The Life and Legacy of the Founder of Shin Buddhism

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General Information

Exhibition Title

850th Anniversary Special Exhibition
Shinran: The Life and Legacy of the Founder of Shin Buddhism

Period

March 25–May 21, 2023
Some artworks may be rotated during the exhibition period.

Venue

Kyoto National Museum, Heisei Chishinkan Wing

Transportation

JR, Kintetsu Railway, Keihan Railway, Hankyu Railway, City Bus

Closed

Mondays

Special Exhibition Hours

9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (Entrance until 5:00 p.m.)

Special Exhibition Admission
Adult 1,800 yen
(1,600 yen)
University Student 1,200 yen
(1,000 yen)
High School Student 700 yen
(500 yen)
  • Discounted prices displayed in ( ) are for advanced ticket purchases.
  • Please show student ID for student admission.
  • Admission is free for junior high school students and other youths age 0–15, visitors with disabilities and one caretaker. Please show ID.
Organized by

Kyoto National Museum; The Asahi Shimbun Company; NHK (Japan Broadcasting Station) Kyoto; NHK Enterprises, Inc. Osaka Branch Office

Special Exhibition Official Website

Description of Exhibition

2023 marks the 850th anniversary of the birth of the priest Shinran (1173–1262), founder of the Shin (Jōdo Shinshū) school of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism. Shinran’s dramatic life story has long captured the imaginations of people in and outside of Japan. Born in Kyoto, Shinran first trained at the nearby Buddhist center of Mt. Hiei and studied under the Pure Land master Hōnen Shōnin (1133–1212) before being exiled to Echigo province in current Niigata prefecture. He thereafter traveled to the Kanto region before eventually returning to Kyoto, where he died at the age of ninety. This exhibition tells the story of Shinran’s remarkable life and teachings through objects preserved for centuries in temples belonging to various branches of Shin Buddhism. It features a wide range of works, including Shinran’s writings, self-inscribed icons in praise of the buddha Amida’s name (myōgo), portraits, and illustrated handscrolls. The ancient capital of Kyoto, where Shinran began and ended his long and storied life, is a fitting venue for this tribute to the legacy of one of the most influential figures in the history of Japanese Buddhism.

National Treasure
Portrait of Shinran (Copy of Anjō no Miei), detail Nishi Hongan-ji Temple, Kyoto (on view March 25 –April 2, 2023)

National Treasure
Portrait of Shinran (Copy of Anjō no Miei)
Nishi Hongan-ji Temple, Kyoto
(on view March 25 –April 2, 2023)

Cherry Blossoms, from Cherry Blossoms; Pine and Wisteria. By Mochizuki Gyokusen. Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, Kyoto (on view March 25–May 21, 2023; panels rotated April ????)

Cherry Blossoms, from Cherry Blossoms; Pine and Wisteria
By Mochizuki Gyokusen
Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, Kyoto

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