The Dharma Gate of Beauty - The Aesthetics of Soetsu Yanagi

Japan Folk-Craft Museum

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The first director of the Japan Folk-Craft Museum, Soetsu Yanagi, had a deep appreciation for the simple implements of everyday life used by ordinary people and gave the name “Mingei” to the folk crafts produced by anonymous crafts people. In 1948 he penned his own book “Bi no Houmon”(The Dharma Gate of Beauty) gaining inspiration from the ‘Infinite Life Sutra’, primary text of Pure Land Buddhism. Within this book he came to ask the life-long question of why such infinite beauty might come from the hands of unknown craftspeople. This exhibition presents a select choice of his associated collection of Buddhist related craft along with his original writings.


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from January 09, 2016 to March 21, 2016
Closed on Mondays (but open on 11th January and 21st March.), 12th January.


Soetsu Yanagi et al.



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