【Exhibition】Tōdaiji and Tōhoku: The People’s Prayers for Recovery. Tōhoku History Museum
A special exhibition, Tōdaiji and Tōhoku: The People’s Prayers for Recovery, is being held at the Tōhoku History Museum in Tagajō City, Miyagi Prefecture, to support the area’s recovery in the aftermath of 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami. The exhibition, which is on until 24 June 2018, is being held in cooperation with World Heritage Tōdaiji Temple, in Tagajō’s affiliated friendship city, Nara.
Tōdaiji and Tōhoku: The People’s Prayers for Recovery presents historical items and temple treasures from both Tōdaiji and the Tōhoku region as it recounts the path of Todaiji’s long history, including repeated rebuilding efforts throughout the ages after losing temple buildings to fires and conflict. Fittingly for this tale of recovery, the national treasure, Portrait Statue of the Priest, Shunjōbō Chōgen, a startlingly naturalistic sculpture depicting the Nara priest who planned the reconstruction of that city more than 800 years ago, will be on display, along with a significant number of other national treasures and important cultural properties. This exhibition will be the first time that these treasures from Tōdaiji have been exhibited together in one place. Organisers hope that the exhibition will inspire the people of Tōhoku as they work towards the future of the region.
A concurrent exhibition, Flower Wall Paintings that Adorn Tōdaiji, Nara, featuring 32 fusuma panels depicting lotus and cherry blossoms painted by Junsaku Koizumi, is on at the museum until May 27.
Title: Todaiji and Tohoku: The People’s Prayers for Recovery. A special exhibition praying for recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Venue: Tōhoku History Museum, Takasaki 1-22-1 Tagajō City, Miyagi Prefecture
Period: 28 April to 24 June, 2018. (Some exhibits will change from 29 May)
Hours: 09:30-17:00 (admission until 30 min. before closing). Closed on Mondays.
Admission: Adults 1,500 yen; Elementary to high school students 600 yen; Seniors (65 and over) 1,300 yen.
※ Admission to the Flower Wall Paintings that Adorn Tōdaiji, Nara, exhibition is separate, but combination tickets are available.
National Treasure: Seated Miroku (Maitreya) statue. From the Tōdaiji Temple collection. Photograph courtesy of Nara National Museum. Photographer: Kyōsuke Sasaki