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Special Exhibition: Beyond the Tough Voyages ― Ganjin-Wajo (Jianzhen) and Monk Yoei from Mino

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Exhibition period: October 8 (Fri) to November 23 (Tue/Holiday), 2021

Ganjin, a high priest in the Tang Dynasty China, finally arrived in Japan in 753 after he went through many hardships, even he lost his eyesight. He is also known for the founder of Toshodaiji Temple.
Ganjin was invited to Japan by two Japanese monks, Yoei and Fusho. It is said that Yoei was born in Mino region. Yoei died in the Tang dynasty while his attempt to invite Ganjin to promote the Buddhism in Japan. Although Yoei’s aspirations were passed on to Ganjin. Ganjin propagated Buddhism in Japan to grassroots level. He made a great contribution to promote Buddhism to Japan and had a great influence on Japanese culture.
This exhibition is not only to introduce the achievements of Ganjin and Yoei, but also the background of Ganjin’s visit to Japan and the Tang culture that Yoei experienced which made a great influence on mainly in Mino region both cultural and Buddhism through Japanese mission to Tang China.

Overview

Event period October 8 (Fri) to November 23 (Tue/Holiday), 2021
First half: Oct 8 (Fri) to Oct 24 (Sun), 2021
Last half: Oct 26 (Tue) to Nov 23 (Tue/Holiday), 2021

* Event periods and contents are subject to change or may be cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19.

Closed Oct 11 (Mon), 18 (Mon), 25 (Mon), Nov 4 (Thu), 8 (Mon), and 15 (Mon)
Opening Hours 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

* Last admission at 4:30 p.m.

Note: Open at 10:00 a.m. on Oct 8 (Fri)

Venue Special exhibition room, 1st floor, Gifu City Museum of History
Admission fee Day ticket1,300 yen for people of high school age or older, 650 yen for junior high/elementary school students
Advance ticket1,000 yen for people of high school age or older, 500 yen for junior high/elementary school students
Advance tickets can be purchased from Gifu City Museum of History, Gifu Newspaper dealers, and Yahoo! JAPAN PassMarket  * Until Oct 7 (Thu)

[The following people by showing ID are exempt from admission fees.]

1. A person who has a physical disability certificate, a mental disability certificate, a rehabilitation certificate, a medical recipient certificate for intractable diseases, and one caregiver

2. An elementary or junior high school student in Gifu City

3. A junior high school student or younger on the Family days of Oct 17 (Sun) and Nov 21 (Sun)

Event Click here for details of the event (lecture)
Organized by Beyond the Tough Voyages Exhibition Executive Committee (Gifu City, Gifu Shimbun, Gifu Broadcasting System)
Co-Sponsored by JA Gifu Co., Ltd., 16 Bank, Ltd., and TOKAI CORPORATION
Supported by Taguchi Fukujukai Public Interest Incorporated Foundation
Special supported by Head temple of the Ritsu sect, Toshodaiji Temple
Academic cooperation by Nara National Museum
Sponsored by Gifu Prefecture and Gifu City Board of Education
  • 日本博ロゴ
  • 文化庁ロゴ

Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Goverment of Japan in the fiscal 2021

- We take measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. Depending on the crowd size, we may restrict the number of admissions. We would appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Main exhibition pieces

  • National Treasure
    Standing Shuho-o Bosatsu

    Nara period (8th century)
    Owned by Toshodaiji Temple
    * Images provided by: Nara National Museum

    Exhibition period
    Full
  • Important Cultural Property

    Standing Juichimen Kannon Bosatsu

    Nara period (8th century)
    Owned by Toshodaiji Temple
    * Images provided by: Nara National Museum

    Exhibition period
    Full
  • Important Cultural Property

    Toseiden emaki (Illustrated Scrolls of Ganjin-Wajo’s expedition to Japan), Volume 1

    Kamakura Period,1298
    Owned by Toshodaiji Temple
    * Images provided by: Nara National Museum

    Exhibition period
    Full

    * There will be a panorama change during the exhibition period
    * This scene will be exhibited in the first half

  • Important Cultural Property

    Toseiden emaki (Illustrated Scrolls of Ganjin-Wajo’s expedition to Japan), Volume 3

    Kamakura Period,1298
    Owned by Toshodaiji Temple
    * Images provided by: Nara National Museum

    Exhibition period
    Last half

    * There will be a panorama change during the exhibition period
    * This scene will be exhibited from Oct 26 to Nov 3.

  • National Treasure
    Golden Light of the Most Victorious Kings Sutra, Volume 5

    Nara Period, 8th century
    Owned by Nara National Museum

    Exhibition period
    Oct 8-Nov 3

    * Volume 8 will be displayed from Nov 5 to Nov 23.

    * Images provided by Nara National Museum

  • Important Cultural Property

    Shoku Nihongi (chronicles of Japan,continued) Volume 24

    Kamakura Period, 13th century
    Owned by Hosa Library,City of Nagoya

    Exhibition period
    Last half
  • National Treasure
    Ritual objects buried in consecration of the building site of the Central Golden Hall, Kofukuji Temple

    Silver ingots, Glass beads, Hexagonal crystal column, Agate buddhist rosary

    Nara Period, 8th century
    Owned by Tokyo National Museum

    Exhibition period
    Full

    * Image:TNM Image Archives

  • National Treasure
    Gilt bronze bowl with lions and Karakusa (Chinese floral) design

    Nara Period, 8th century
    Owned by Gokokushiji Temple

    Exhibition period
    Full

VR program
“Toshodaiji Temple”

  • “Toshodaiji Temple”
  • “Toshodaiji Temple”

You can see the original interior colors inside Kondo (Golden Hall) and story of “TOSEIDEN EMAKI” in VR.
Production and Copyright by: TOPPAN INC./TBS
Supported by Toshodaiji Temple

* Closed on November 3 (Wed/holiday) due to the event (lecture) at the museum.

Events (Lecture)

We closed the application in order to have reached its capacity.

Lecture “Talks about Yoei who invited Ganjin-Wajo by showing the Toseiden emaki (Illustrated Scrolls of Ganjin-Wajo's expedition to Japan)”
Lecturer Taichi Ishida, chief steward of the head temple of the Ritsu sect, Toshodaiji Temple
Date & Time November 3 (Wed/Holiday), 2021 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Venue Auditorium of Gifu City Museum of History
Seating capacity 70

* For admission, call the Gifu City Museum of History during the period from Oct 1 (Fri) to Oct 31 (Sun). Admissions will be stopped once the number of people reach its capacity.

* The lecture is free. Please note that present the special exhibition ticket is needed (valid on the day of issue only).

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