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Kyoto is a birth place of traditional arts, crafts and performances of Japan,
and has been maintaining its tradition with the coming of the new age.
Here GTK'd like to introduce the monthly art highlights, museums, creators etc.

The Art of ZEN -From Mind to Form

Copyright@ 達磨像 白隠慧鶴筆 江戸時代(18世紀) 大分・萬壽寺 4/12~5/1展示

Copyright@ 十八羅漢坐像のうち「羅怙羅尊者」 范道生作 江戸時代 寛文4年(1664) 京都・萬福寺 通期展示

The Zen Buddism was inherited from India to China by Bodhidharma about 1500 years ago. After that, it was spread by Rinzai Gigen who was the founder of the Rinzai Zen sect and Obaku Zen sect and then arriving in Japan during the Kamakura Era (1185-1333).
The Zen Buddhism was supported and worshipped by warriors as well as nobles, even the imperial families and influenced society and Japanese culture.
This exhibition will be held to commemorate the 1150th anniversary of Rinzai Gigen’s death and 250th anniversary of Hakuin Ekaku, the Japanese Rinzai Zen sect who was revived the sect in the mid-Edo Era.
Approximately 20 national treasures and 100 important cultural properties including the portraits of Zen monks, the Buddha statues, calligraphic works, traditional handicrafts, among others will be displayed this time.

*Invitation tickets are ready for 10 GTK readers.

  • April 12th-May 22nd, 9:30-18:00 (-20:00 on Fridays), Closed on Mondays
  • Kyoto National Museum
  • 1500 yen/adult, 1200 yen/college students, 900 yen/high school students (10 invitation tickets for GTK readers are available. Please email us if you want:


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