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Mitsui Memorial Museum

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Foreword

How could one not wish to be saved from pain and suffering? And how grateful one would be to be able to break out of the vicious circle of endless reincarnation in the six realms of existence to be reborn in a peaceful world with no suffering. Inspired by such earnest wishes, splendorous art of the Pure Land school developed in such images as raigō paintings of deities descending to welcome devotees into the Pure Land and scenes of the Pure Land itself.

In Japan, the appearance of the Ōjōyōshū (Essentials for Rebirth in the Pure Land) written by Eshin Sōzu Genshin in the Heian period presented a turning point as desires and anxiety with respect to the, next world became more deeply entrenched. Hearing of the certainty that those guilty of misdeeds would be unable to break out of the circle of reincarnation and would be cast into a world of suffering even more cruel than the present world, people were thrust under the dark shadow of fear, uneasiness and despair. Of the six realms, hell in particular was singled out and depicted as an especially frightful world down to the minutest detail, its form becoming crystallized in diverse works of painting, sculpture, and craft.

This exhibition looks at the views held by the Japanese people on life and death, and life after death through arts depicting scenes of hell and the Pure Land as symbols of fear and hope, respectively. Among the many kinds of hell paintings created in the popular arts from the early modern period onward, are some works that could even be called "delightful hell paintings." This exhibition focuses on the attractive and charming works of this type and presents a "Wonderland of Buddhist Hell scenes" for your enjoyment.

In closing, we express our most heartfelt gratitude to the various lenders who nave so willingly shared their precious artworks with us on the occasion of this exhibition, and at the same time we are deeply thankful to the various other parties concerned.

The Organizers
2017

Floor plan

■Hours: 10am to 5pm, entrance until 4:30pm
Friday during 7/15 - 9/3: 10am to 7pm, entrance until 6:30pm

■Holidays: Mondays(except 7/17, 8/14)
museum guide

■Address: Mitsui Main Building, 7th Floor, Nihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0022

■For inquiries: 03-5777-8600 (Japanese only)

■Transportation:
Tokyo Metro Subway Ginza Line: Exit A7, 1 min walk from Mitsukoshimae Station
Tokyo Metro Subway Hanzomon Line: Exit A7, 3 min walk from Mitsukoshimae Station
Tokyo Metro Subway Ginza-Tozai Lines: 4 min walk from Nihombashi station,Exit B9
Toei Subway Asakusa Line: 6 min walk from Nihombashi station,Exit B9
JR Tokyo Station: 7 min walk from Nihonbashiguchi exit
JR Kanda Station: 6 min walk
JR Sobu Line Rapid Service: 4 min walk from Shin-nihombashi Station
Metro Link Nihonbashi (Free bus service): Mitsui Memorial Museum bus stop

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Mitsui Memorial Museum

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The Mitsui Memorial Museum opened in October 2005 in Nihonbashi, a site closely related to the Mitsui Group. The collections from the Mitsui Bunko Museum in Nakano ward, with many treasures of Japanese and Asian art, will move to the new museum. Members of the Mitsui families have assembled the art works in the collection over the past three centuries and their preservation as a collection make these art works a preeminent element of Japanese cultural heritage.

The Mitsui Memorial Museum is located in the Mitsui Main Building. This important western-style structure created in the early Showa era has been designated an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government. The entrance to the new museum is located in the neighboring super skyscraper the Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower Atrium.

The exhibition galleries will include a detailed reconstruction of the interior of the Joan tea ceremony room, a National Treasure tea ceremony room long related to the Mitsui family. Display of the "beauty of functionality" in the selection of tea ceremony utensils will be contrasted with the display of Japanese and Asian art works in a western architectural setting. These galleries will allow visitors to rediscover the "beauty of form." Viewers will be encouraged to explore the true meaning of art and culture.

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