In "KYOTO CHISHIN" the other day, we introduced Shinnyo-do's "Great Nirvana Painting Special Exhibition" (the exhibition is over).
This time, I would like to introduce "Spring Special Temple Treasure Exhibition" which is being held at Honpoji until Thursday, April 15.
The most notable is the "Hasegawa Tohaku Dai-nehan zu Kaicho" (painting of the great nirvana of Tohaku HASEGAWA).
The Butsu Nehan-zu at Honpo-ji Temple is known as one of the three great Nehan-zu in Kyoto.
It is said that this was dedicated by Tohaku HASEGAWA, a painter who was active from the Azuchi-Momoyama period to the early Edo period.
It is about 10 meters long and 6 meters wide, and it is a nationally designated important cultural property.
Usually a replica of Butsu Nehan-zu is on display, but you can appreciate Tohaku's calligraphy at the Spring Special Temple Treasure Exhibition.
This spring, paintings such as "Juroku Rakan-zu" by Mincho and "Kacho-zu," which is said to have been painted by Dong Qichang, will be on display.
It is said that Tohaku, who was born in Ishikawa Prefecture, moved to Kyoto and made Honpoji Temple his base of activities.
It is also the family temple of the Honami family and has a connection to the artist Koetsu Hon-ami who was active during the same period.
The "三巴の庭 (Three Tomoe Garden)" that is said to have been created by Koetsu is also a must-see, and is a dry landscape garden that is designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty.
A bronze statue of Tohaku stands on the grounds of the temple and the 光悦翁手植之松 (Koetsu ou Teue no Matsu : Koetsu's pine tree) is planted beside it.
Why don't you take this opportunity to see them and temple treasures?
Honzan Eishozan Honpo-ji Temple
617 Honpojimae-cho, Teranouchi Agaru, Ogawa-dori, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City
3 minutes walk from Horikawa-Teranouchi City Bus stop
Spring special temple treasure exhibition
Period: Monday, March 22 to Sunday, April 15
Time: 10 o'clock to 16 o'clock
Admission: 1,000 yen for adults / 600 yen for junior high and high school students / Children below elementary school age are free.