Sponsoring of the special exhibition
“The Hidden Buddha of Rakuyaji Temple, Shiga”

September 1, 2016

Nissha Printing Co.,Ltd.

Nissha Printing Co., Ltd. (hereinafter “Nissha”) performs activity for the purpose of "promotion and support of arts and culture" advocating in the Basic Social Contribution Policy. As the part、Nissha is sponsoring of the special exhibition “The Hidden Buddha of Rakuyaji Temple, Shiga” in Tokyo National Museum from September 13 to December 11, 2016.

Rakuyaji (Koka city, Shiga prefecture), an ancient temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism, has preserved twenty Buddhist statues from the Heian period (794–1192) that were designated Important Cultural Properties. This number is outstanding even in Shiga prefecture, where a number of fine Buddhist statues remain to this day. This exhibition is the first opportunity to show all twenty of these statues outside Rakuyaji Temple. The principal statue, a Seated Juichimen Kannon Bosatsu (Ekadasamukha), is approximately three meters high, exhibiting overwhelming presence. It is a “hidden” statue that is usually kept behind large, heavy doors. Other works on exhibit include eleven other Kannon (Avalokitesvara) statues, a Standing Bishamon Ten (Vaisravana), which somehow gives a familiar impression, and a Seated Jizo Bosatsu (Ksitigarbha), which is a valuable statue created in 1187. This exhibition shows, in one sweep, masterpieces of Heian-period Buddhist sculpture preserved in Rakuyaji Temple. (*Quotation from the official website)

Exhibition overview

Period September 13 to December 11, 2016
Closed on Mondays, Sept. 20 (Tue.), Oct. 11 (Tue.)
Exception: Open on Sept. 19, Oct. 10
Hours of opening 9:30 - 17:00
Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays during September until 18:00
Fridays until 20:00
Oct.14 and 15 until 22:00; Oct. 22, Nov. 3 and 5 until 20:00
Admission by 30 minutes of before closing
Venue Tokyo National Museum Honkan Room T5
Official website The Hidden Buddha of Rakuyaji Temple, Shiga
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