"Taira no Kiyomori" Special Exhibition
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To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the NHK Taiga Drama series, we will present the story of the life of Taira-no-Kiyomori, the first samurai to grasp political power and a man ‘who challenged his times’.
Approximately nine hundred years ago, as the Heian period was drawing to an end and the power of the court nobles was waning, Taira-no-Kiyomori suppressed the pirates in the Inland Sea, establishing himself as a samurai leader and eventually rising to the rank of Grand Minister. He ordered the construction of the magnificent Itsukushima Shrine that appears to float on the surface of the sea, and dedicated the ‘Heike Nokyo Sutra’ to it as a prayer for the future prosperity of the Heike clan. In addition, he promoted trade with Song dynasty China, striving to create a new state with stronger links to East Asia.
This exhibition will attempt to create a better understanding of the actual man, Taira-no-Kiyomori, through numerous exhibits relating to him and the Heike clan of which he was the leader. Starting with rich treasures that have been handed down through the Itsukushima Shrine, itself a World Heritage Site, it will also include portraits and handwritings by the people who lived at that time, pictures of the major battles that took place between Heike and their rivals, the Genji, and a variety of works of art and craft featuring the culture of the late Heian Period.
From 2012-01-02 To 2012-02-05