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The Kyocera Museum of Art to Feature Special Exhibition: “Magnificent Offerings to the Gods: Treasures of Yasaka Shrine”

Publicly exhibited for first time in 13 years

October 23, 2015
Kyocera Corporation (President: Goro Yamaguchi) announced today the opening of the 2015 Autumn Special Exhibition: “Magnificent Offerings to the Gods: Treasures of Yasaka Shrine” to be held at the Kyocera Museum of Art — located on the first floor of the Kyocera Head Office in Fushimi, Kyoto City, Japan from November 3 through December 6.

Photo: Sunamochi Emaki scroll painting (above) Displayed for the first time
Photo: Scenes in and around the Capital (Rakuchu Rakugai Zu folding screen)(left)
Sunamochi Emaki scroll painting (above)
which illustrates scenes of people constructing a place for remote worship of Emperor Jimmu
Scenes in and around the Capital (Rakuchu Rakugai Zu folding screen)(left)
which depicts the procession of Yamahoko floats and the former Hōkō-ji Temple Buddha Hall

Yasaka Shrine (Yasaka-jinja in Japanese) in Kyoto is well known for its numerous divine treasures including the ancient offerings that were dedicated by the shogunate government in Edo (present-day Tokyo) on the occasion of reconstruction of the Main Hall during the early Edo Period (1654); a folding screen entitled “Scenes in and around the Capital” (Rakuchu Rakugai Zu) which depicts the Gion Festival Yamahoko floats procession; and Bankeizu, a screen painting of a rooster and a hen by Maruyama Okyo.

Many of these divine treasures are not usually available for public viewing, and an exhibition of this scale was last held 13 years ago in 2002 at the Kyoto National Museum. This is the first exhibition ever held at a private museum. Moreover, on show to the public for the first time ever is the Sunamochi Emaki scroll painting, which illustrates scenes of people constructing a place for remote worship of Emperor Jimmu in the precincts of Yasaka Shrine in the fourth year of the Meiji Period (1871).

The exhibition aims to allow visitors to appreciate the high standards of textile dyeing and other artwork of the time that culminated in the divine treasures. On November 7, a lecture on “The Gion Festival and Yasaka Shrine” by Mr. Masaaki Hashimoto, Senior Priest of Yasaka Shrine is scheduled to be held.

Exhibition Details
Exhibition Title The Kyocera Museum of Art, 2015 Autumn Special Exhibition: “Magnificent Offerings to the Gods: Treasures of Yasaka Shrine”
Location The Kyocera Museum of Art
(Kyocera Corporation Global Head Office, 1st floor)
6 Takeda Tobadono-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City, Japan 612-8501
Access: http://global.kyocera.com/company/csr/others/headquarter/index.html
Dates November 3 (Tue) through December 6 (Sun), 2015
*The museum will be open every day during this special exhibition.
Hours 10:00am to 5:00pm (last admission at 4:30pm)
Admission Free
Exhibits Approximately 50 pieces of divine treasures of Yasaka Shrine
Host Kyocera Corporation
Co-Sponsors Kyoto City; The Kyoto Shimbun Newspaper Co., Ltd.
Cooperation Kyoto Prefecture; Kyoto City Board of Education; Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Kyoto Broadcasting System Company Limited; Nikkei Inc. Kyoto Office; The Yomiuri Shimbun Kyoto Head Office; The Asahi Shimbun Kyoto Head Office; The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd. Kyoto Office; The Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd. Kyoto Head Office; Federation of Shopping Districts in Fushimi
Special Cooperation Yasaka Shrine

Major Exhibits
Photo: Screen with Rooster and Hen by Maruyama OkyoPhoto: Cypress Fan
Screen with Rooster and Hen by Maruyama Okyo
A rooster and a hen are drawn realistically in a diagonal composition
Cypress Fan
Camellias and mandarin ducks (front)
Clouds and butterflies (reverse)

Photo: Crown with Jewels (Ceremonial Crown) Photo: Brocade Robe with Quince Arabesques on Red GroundPhoto: Red Lacquered Bottles with Quince Crest in Makie
Crown with Jewels
(Ceremonial Crown)

Believed to have been dedicated to deities Kushinadahime-no-mikoto and Yahashira-no-mikogami
Brocade Robe with Quince Arabesques on Red Ground
Flowering quince and entangling foliage scroll twill on a red base
Red Lacquered Bottles with Quince Crest in Makie
Entirely cinnabar-lacquered with Karahana-mokko emblem in flat makie on the body

Lecture during the Special Exhibition
“The Gion Festival and Yasaka Shrine”
Location The Kyocera Presentation Room
(Kyocera Corporation Global Head Office, 2nd floor)
6 Takeda Tobadono-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City, Japan 612-8501
Access: http://global.kyocera.com/company/csr/others/headquarter/index.html
Dates November 7 (Sat)
Hours 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Admission Free; first 60 arrivals only (No application required)
Lecturer Mr. Masaaki Hashimoto, Senior Priest of Yasaka Shrine
Outline The centuries-old history of Yasaka Shrine that has stood side by side with the people of Kyoto will be recounted with reference to the various features of the Gion Festival.

About Yasaka Shrine
Photo: About Yasaka Shrine
Located in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto City, Yasaka Shrine is the head shrine of thousands of Gion shrines around the country. Legend says that the history of Yasaka Shrine dates back to the second year of Seimei (656) when an emissary of Goryeo (ancient Korea) to Japan by the name of Irishi built a roadside shrine in the village of Yasaka, Atago County, Yamashiro Province. Yasaka Shrine is devoted to the gods Susanoo-no-mikoto, Kushinadahime-no-mikoto, and Yahashira-no-mikogami. The shrine had originally been called “Kanshin-in” or “Gion-sha” until the name was changed to “Yasaka-jinja” after entering the Meiji Period. It was so re-named because the area was called Yasaka in ancient times and was governed by the Yasaka Clan. During the Edo Period, the shogun House of Tokugawa was an ardent devotee. Ieyasu donated a shrine estate, and Ietsuna built the still standing Main Hall and donated many divine treasures.

About the Kyocera Museum of Art
The museum, located on the first floor of Kyocera's Head Office in Kyoto, Japan, was opened in October 1998 as one of Kyocera Corporation's cultural projects. Through its exhibits, Kyocera hopes to make a contribution to the cultural enrichment of the local community. The museum's major collections include Qianlong glassware, Picasso's copper plate print series 347, modern Japanese paintings, Western-style paintings, sculpture, and fine ceramic pottery. It has received approximately 220,000 visitors (as of September 2015).

14 Special Exhibitions have previously been held at the Museum, including the “Nihonga” contemporary Japanese paintings collection (2000); photographs by Ansel Adams (2008); sculptures by Shinya Nakamura (2010); cultural assets of Fushimi (Kyoto) from the early modern period (2014); and the artworks of Yumeji Takehisa, a prominent painter of Taisho Romanticism (2014).