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Mitsui Memorial Museum

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The year 2015 is particularly special for the Mitsui Memorial Museum. This year we celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the establishment of our parent organization Mitsui Bunko as a foundation, and the 10th anniversary of our museum’s opening. We are extremely pleased to present the special exhibition Zaō Gongen and the Secret Treasures of Shugendō in honor of this double anniversary.

Shugendō, renowned for its yamabushi (ascetic hermits) wielding their pilgrim staffs and blowing into conch shells, is based on the belief that enlightenment comes after living a harsh, solitary and austere life in the mountains. This uniquely Japanese religion is an ancient belief system that is a fusion of Shintō, Buddhist, Taoist and ancient Chinese divination beliefs. During the Heian period, large numbers of aristocrats and other high-ranking individuals made pilgrimages to Kimpusen, Nara prefecture, where Shugendō began. There, numerous festivals and rites were conducted, which in turn led to the spread of these beliefs to other mountainous regions throughout Japan. In spite of this growth, religious rites conducted on Kimpusen itself remained the central presence in Japan’s Shugen beliefs. This exhibition features the display of items related to Kimpusen Shugen, including those handed down at the sacred, main Shugen temple Kimpusenji, and ranges across the diverse media of Buddhist sculptures, mandala, and items excavated from sutra mound burials, such as sutra containers, sutra boxes, mirrors with figural images and kakebotoke (pendent plaques).

Early in Shugendō history Mitokusan Sanbutsu-ji, located in Tottori prefecture and renowned for its Heian period National Treasure Nageire-dō hall constructed on top of a cliff, became a focal point for regional Shugendō mountain worship. Today the temple is home to an unparalleled number of Zaō Gongen images. This exhibition displays a variety of these cultural properties, including Heian period Zaō Gongen images, along with sculptures of other deities and komainu (guardian lion-dogs).

Through its display of materials from both Kimpusen and Sanbutsu-ji, this exhibition surveys the “heavenly realms of the Buddhas and Shintō deities,” clarifying both the spirit of Shugendō forged amidst nature and the important cultural heritage handed down to us from the Heian period onwards. We hope that visitors will gain an overview of the fascinating history and nationwide spread of cultural exchange based on Shugendō.

Floor plan

■Hours: 10am to 5pm, entrance until 4:30pm

■Holidays: Mondays(except 9/21, 10/12), 10/13
(If Monday is a national holiday, the museum will be open on Monday)
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 B11
Toei Subway Asakusa Line: 6 min walk from Nihombashi station,Exit B11
※Exit B11 is temporarily closed. Please use COREDO NIHONBASHI elevator or escalator up to the ground floor.
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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