There’s a Heaven in the West – The Pure Land Buddhism Art of the Kyushu Region

START: Sep 15, 2018 END: Nov 4, 2018

The teachings of Pure Land Buddhism, which focus on the worship of Amithaba, the celestial Buddha, have had a wide influence on the Japanese way of thinking regarding life, death, and the afterlife. In this exhibition, 200 masterpieces from the Kyushu region including paintings, sculptures, and Important Cultural Properties of Japan will be on display, a first in Fukuoka. See up close a sacred Mandala painting showing heaven, a recently-discovered statue of Amithaba, ghastly depictions of hell and other valuable artworks which will be shown in public for the first time. Don’t miss the animation by artist Kiyoshi Nakashima, “Jigoku Kokoronnezu” (the heartbeat of hell) about a boy who went to hell. Learn more about Pure Land Buddhism through its art.

• 9/15 (Sat.) ~ 11/4 (Sun.)
• 9:30~17:30 (last entry: 17:00)
• Closed: Mon. (following weekday if hol. falls on Mon.)
• Adult: ¥1,300, HS & College: ¥900, JHS & ES: Free
• ¥200 discount for overseas visitors & foreign residents (present your passport or ID)
• Special Exhibition Room, Fukuoka City Museum
3-1-1 Momochihama, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka

Seated Buddha Amitabha, Kichijo-ji Temple, Kitakyushu City
Registered as a Cultural Property of Kitakyushu City

Yoryu Kannon (Kannon holding a willow branch to eradicate illness) Shotenji Temple, Fukuoka
Registered as a Cultural Property of Fukuoka City

The Goshushojirin-zu, Saiko-ji Temple, Iizuka City, Fukuoka

The Land of Perfect Bliss Painted on Fusuma Sliding Screen, Daicho-ji, Hita City, Oita

Published: Sep 20, 2018 / Last Updated: Sep 20, 2018