Prince Shotoku and Treasures of Early Buddhist Faith in Japan

Tokyo National Museum

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Horyuji Temple is said to have been founded in 607 A.D. by Empress Suiko (554–628) and Prince Shotoku (574–622) in what is now Nara Prefecture. Prince Shotoku earnestly sought after Buddhist truths and built the foundation for the future of Japanese culture. His achievements include establishing a system of twelve courtly ranks and promulgating a set of ethical mores that came to be known as the “Seventeen Article Constitution.” After his death, Prince Shotoku was semi-deified and gained an active religious following. The figure of Prince Shotoku that we inherit today is this coalescence of history, mythology, and faith.

The year 2021 marks the 1,400th anniversary of Prince Shotoku’s passing, and this exhibition is held to commemorate this occasion. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn of Prince Shotoku’s accomplishments as they take in the beauty of the many treasures passed down at the temple he founded.

*All visitors must make an online reservation.



from July 13, 2021 to September 05, 2021
Open on August 9. Closed on August 10. Reservations required.



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