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  • 2015. 4.7 Tue. 5.17 Sun. Closed on Mondays (However, the museum will be open on the national holiday Monday May 4th and will be closed instead on ursday May 7, 2015)

    Hours: 9:30 am 5:00 pm (From April 24th, the museum will remain open until 7:00 pm on Fridays) *Final entry 30 minutes prior to the closing of the museumOrganizer: Nara National Museum

    With the support of: Agency for Cultural Aairs, NHK Nara Broadcasting Station, Nara Television Co.,Ltd.In cooperation with: Nippon Kd Co.,Ltd., Bukky Bijutsu Kykai (Buddhist Art Foundation)

    Important Cultural Property, Hokeky (Lotus Sutra), One chapter per scroll (ippongy), Private Collection

    Special Exhibition of

    Ancient Sutras from the Heian Period:Encountering the Legendary Kunji Sutras

  • Hokeky (Lotus Sutra) on bronze panels(excavated from Chanji Sutra Mound in ita prefecture)Nara National Museum

    Hokeky (Lotus Sutra), One chapter per scroll (ippongy)Tesshji temple

    Daihannyaky ( Large sutra on the Perfection of Wisdom) Jikji temple

    Hokeky ( Lotus Sutra), third fascicle Sensji temple

    * Group sales apply to parties of 20 or more.* Certified handicapped visitors (and one escort) admitted free of charge.* Special Exhibition tickets provide admission to the Exhibition from the Permanent Collection.

    50 Noboriji-ch, Nara 630-8213 JapanNTT Hello Dial: 050-5542-8600 (from within Japan)http://www.narahaku.go.jp/english/index_e.html

    Located in Nara Park, 15 minutes walk east from KINTETSU-NARA Station. From JR Nara Station or KINTETSU-NARA Station, take the City Loop Bus to Himuro jinja/Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan bus stop.


    Omiyadori St.KINTETSU-NARA

    StationSanjodori St.

    Noborioji St.Bus Stop

    Bus Stop


    StationSanjodori St.

    Noborioji St.Bus Stop

    Bus Stop


    * Advance tickets are sold until April 6th (Mon.) at the ticket offices listed below.Kintetsu Travel Information Desk, Kinki Nippon Tourist, JR TOKAI TOURS, NIPPON TRAVEL AGENCY CO.,LTD, Ticket PIA, [P-Code 766 - 645], Lawson Ticket [L-Code 56127], Seven-Ticket (http://7ticket.jp) E-Plus (http://eplus.jp)

    Exhibition Entrance FeesIndividual Advance ticket / Group

    Adults 1,200 1,000

    College / High School Students 800 600Junior High /

    Elementary School Students 500 300

    Hokeky ( Lotus Sutra), fth fascicle Rykji temple

    Daihannyaky ( Large Sutra on the Perfection of Wisdom), 460th fascicleNara National Museum

    National TreasureImportant Cultural Property

    e copying of Buddhist sutras has a long history in Japan, going back to before the seventh century, and the practice developed in various ways during the following historical periods. Many of the sutras copied during the Heian period were ornamented using techniques such as the dyeing of the paper, the sprinkling of flakes of gold and silver foil, the painting of images, and the writing of characters in gold or silver ink; these kinds of ornamentation are representative of the period. On the other hand, the normal practice of copying sutras in black ink on plain paper was also popular during the Heian period, and it was also during the Heian period that there appeared sutras written on bronze panels and tiles. is was in addition the period when a method of printing was rst employed to produce sutras in Japan. In this exhibition, we introduce not only various aspects of the Buddhist scripture copied

    during the Heian period, but also display the Sutras of Kunji Temple (Kunjiky), sutras that demonstrate the essence of the various techniques of sutra production developed over the course of the Heian period. is is a set of the Lotus Sutra (Hokeky) copied in the one-chapter-per-scroll format (ippongy) by Retired Emperor Toba and his close associates in order to form a spiritual bond. Four of the extant twenty-six scrolls of the set preserve their original frontispiece paintings, which have long been unavailable for public viewing due to the problems of preservation. As these paintings have recently undergone conservation, we now are able to display them. is exhibition traces the history and diversity of the Heian-period Buddhist scriptures and serves as an unexcelled opportunity to experience the legendary Sutras of Kunji Temple.

    "Emerging from the Earth" (Jjiyujutsu-hon), Chapter 15

    "e Benets of Responding with Joy" (Zuiki kudoku-hon), Chapter 18"Encouragements of the Bodhisattva Universally Worthy" (Fugen bosatsu kanbotsu-hon), Chapter 28

    Hokeky (Lotus Sutra), One chapter per scroll (ippongy) Private Collection, "e Parable of Medicinal Herbs" (Yakusyu-hon), Chapter 5

    Special Exhibition of Ancient Sutras from the Heian Period : Encountering the Legendary Kuno- ji Sutras