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The Imperial Buddhist Convents: Their World and Culture「尼門跡寺院の世界」展

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - Sunday, June 14, 2009

An Exhibition in celebration of the Imperial Buddhist Convents of Japan

Come to Tokyo and join us in 2009 in celebrating the 1000-year history of Japan’s Imperial Buddhist Convents and the Empresses, Princesses, and Imperial Nuns who led them. We are honoring these eminent women in an unprecedented exhibition of 200 treasures recreating their worlds and their convents.

A Hidden Heritage Treasures of Japanese Imperial Convents

Organized by:
Medieval Japanese Studies Institute (Kyoto)
Tokyo University of the Arts

Sponsored by:

  • Sankei Newspaper (Tokyo)

Supported by:

  • World Monuments Fund (New York)
  • Foundation for Cultural Heritage and Art Research (Tokyo)
  • Tiffany & Co. (New York and Tokyo)
  • Canon
  • Others

The Imperial Buddhist Convents (ama monzeki) are an important heritage not only of Japan but also of the world. Focusing on the venerable nuns who founded the Imperial Buddhist Convents and those who revived these institutions at key junctures over the centuries, this exhibition traces their histories and introduces their elegant world and special culture. Giving attention to the uniqueness of each of the 13 remaining convents, the exhibition also hopes to raise awareness within and beyond Japan for the need to protect these cultural treasures for future generations.

Other events are being planned in conjunction with the Exhibition that include a Concert of Sacred Gagaku Music by the Columbia Gagaku Instrumental Ensemble of New York.

For future updates see: www.chusei-nihon.net

Curated by

  • Patricia Fister, Medieval Japanese Studies Institute, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
  • Monica Bethe, Medieval Japanese Studies Institute, Ōtani University
  • Miki Hanabusa, Medieval Japanese Studies Institute
  • Masato Satsuma, Tokyo University of the Arts
  • Hiroko Yokomizo, Tokyo University of the Arts
  • Ryō Furuta, Tokyo University of the Arts


Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
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The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts
12-8 Ueno Park
Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8714 Japan
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