General Information

Exhibition Title Priest Shinkyō 700th Memorial Special Exhibition
Art of the Ji Shū
A New Sect of Buddhism in the Kamakura Period
Period April 13-June 9, 2019
The exhibition has two installations:
Part I: April 13-May 12, 2019
Part II: May 14-June 9, 2019
Works on view are subject to change without notice.
Venue Kyoto National Museum Heisei Chishinkan Wing
Transportation JR, Kintetsu Railway, Keihan Railway, Hankyu Railway, City Bus
Closed Mondays
*Closed Mondays, but when Monday is a national holiday, the museum will be opened on Monday and closed on the following Tuesday.
Special Exhibition Hours 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Entrance Until 5:30 p.m.)
Fridays, Saturdays 9:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. (Entrance Until 7:30 p.m.)
Special Exhibition Admission Adult 1,500 yen (1,300 yen)
Univ. Student 1,200 yen (1,000 yen)
High School Student 900 yen (700 yen)
Admission is free under middle school students.
*(Fees in parentheses for groups of twenty or more)
Organized by Kyoto National Museum, The Asahi Shimbun Company, Ji-shū Denomination, Shōjōkō-ji Temple (Yugyō-ji); the head temple of Ji-shū Denomination
With the support of Keihan Holdings Co.,Ltd., Takenaka Corporation
With the cooperation of The Ueno Memorial Foundation for the Study of Buddhist Art, Nippon Kodo Co., Ltd., Sasanami Bunkazai Shurisho(Conservation Center)

Images from the Exhibit

Ji Shū was a religious sect founded by Ippen (1239-89) in the Kamakura period. A tradition of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism, it is perhaps best known for its tradition of Dancing Nenbutsu (odori nenbutsu)—a practice of dancing while reciting the Buddha's name in an incantatory prayer. Ippen preached that anyone who performed the Nenbutsu would be able to achieve rebirth in the Pure Land (Sukhāvatī), the paradisiacal Buddha realm of Amitābha where the faithful could spend eons in his presence, accruing the karmic benefits of his perpetual expounding of the Buddhist Dharma. Ippen traveled all over Japan propagating this message and handing out talismanic slips of paper sealed with a Nenbutsu prayer (fusan). After Ji Shū had been established as a religious organization, Shinkyō (1237-1319), the second in the lineage following Ippen, made great contributions to the sect's development.

2019 marks the 700th anniversary of Shinkyō's death. On this occasion, we bring together under one roof the great treasures of Ji Shū in a memorial exhibition.

This exhibition introduces Ji Shū visual culture as a whole, encompassing everything from the National Treasure "Illustrated Biography of Priest Ippen" (Ippen hijiri-e) and the picture-scroll "Illustrated Miracle Tales of The Traveling Saint" (Yugyou Shounin engi-e) to portraits and statues of Ippen and successive generations of Ji Shū lineage patriarchs. On top of this, Ippen's illustrated biography will be on view in its entirety, gathering together all twelve of its scrolls. This exemplary work by the priest En'i offers an account of Japan in the middle ages as it depicts the life of Ippen and his travels across the entire country. The exhibition presents new research and several works discovered during the survey conducted in advance of the exhibition as well.

A Message to Museum Visitors

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