Kukai's World: The Arts of Esoteric Buddhism
Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries ：July 20, 2011 (Wed) - September 25, 2011 (Sun)
Kukai, founder of the Shingon-sect Esoteric Buddhism, saw illustrations as effective tools for transmitting Esoteric Buddhist teachings, which are complex and difficult to explain in words. For this reason, great importance was attached to visible forms in Shingon-sect Esoteric Buddhism. This blockbuster exhibition introduces masterpieces of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism--the promotional materials cite 98.9% registered National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties!--with a focus on the period when philosophical elements maintained a strong presence in the works. Along with objects brought by Kukai from Tang China, works directly related to him are also featured, such as his writings and sculptures produced under his instruction.
Also on view concurrently and well worth the visit is a fascinating exhibition of early photographs tracing the relationship between Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat-sen and Japanese entrepreneur Umemiya Shokichi on this centenary anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution.
Sun Yat-sen and Umeya Shokichi: China and Japan 100 years ago
Honkan Room T5 July 26, 2011 (Tue) - September 4, 2011 (Sun)
http://mainichi.jp/enta/art/sonbun/ (Japanese only)