Admiration of Aristocratic Culture Genealogy of Miyabi Elegance

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Part I: March 20th (Sun.) – May 15th (Sun.), 2022
Part II: May 22nd (Sun.) – July 18th (Mon., national holiday), 2022

Hours:10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.(enter by 4:30 p.m.)
General 800yen/ Seniors (over 65) and University students 600yen /High school and Middle School students 300yen/ Elementary School students 200yen


Shokoku-ji Jotenkaku Museum
Access:IImadegawa-dori, Karasuma Higashi-iru Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0898 Japan


The Heian Period had a gorgeous aristocratic culture. Admiration for aristocratic miyabi elegance is still strong among modern-day people as it was during the Edo Period. “The Tales of Ise” and “The Tale of Genji” depicting this exalted world are among the most famous Heian aristocratic literature. They are vivid love stories about Ariwara no Narihira and the life of Hikaru Genji like on a picture scroll. These tales have many waka poems, and they have set a high standard for poems written by later generations.
Shokoku-ji Temple also has the grave of Fujiwara no Teika, a famous and historical figure in waka poetry. Meanwhile, branch temple Jishoin is the family temple for Prince Hachijo Tomohito, famous for founding Katsura Imperial Villa and old and modern poetry traditions. The temple therefore has many treasures related to the Imperial family.
This exhibition shows folding screens painted in the Edo Period depicting the “Tales of Ise” and “Tale of Genji.” Also shown are waka poetry and paintings by the court nobility in the Edo Period. Enjoy the aristocratic culture that was revived in Kyoto during the Edo Period.

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