From ancient times, the people of the Japanese islands have conducted rites for the kami or gods
through the use of physical objects that were also spiritually potent and objects of faith—connected
to the kokoro or spiritual life. In this exhibition, we turn to the rites or matsuri that have been
conducted throughout Japan at Shinto shrines (jinja)—the locus of faith. This exhibit makes clear
the ways in which physical objects used at shrines were also objects of faith and connected to the
spirit (kokoro) of Japanese religious life. This exhibition also attempts to uncover the characteristics
of Shinto, a foundation of Japanese culture that takes many forms throughout the archipelago and
over the ages.
On occasion in this museum, some materials which are in the publication are not exhibited as they are changed on demand.
Sōgyō Hachiman shinzō (Image of Hachiman as monk)
Edo Period (repaired 1718)
One scroll, paint on silk canvas, h: 81 cm x w: 41 cm, Edo Period (repaired 1718), painter unknown.
Offerings of artificial flowers, Iwashimizu Hachimangu shrine
Exhibited here are examples of the artificial flower offerings (kyōkashinsen) presented during the Iwashimizu Festival (Iw...more
Wooden statues of male and female deities
Late Muromachi period
Wooden statue pair, featuring a male deity (danshin) 60 cm long and a female deity (joshin) 47 cm long. The names of the deities ar...more
Illustrated scroll of annual events [Nenjū gyōji emaki Gion goryō-e],
Late Edo period (18th-19th century)
Illustrated scroll depicting Gion goryō-e held at Gion Shrine (present-day Yasaka Shrine) in Kyoto. This festival is known to...more
Altar for Yoshida shinto goma rite
The alter for goma rites is used for performing the fire ceremony in Yoshida Shintō. The altar here is an octagonal piece centere...more
Folding screen showing the San’nō festival [San’nō Sairei zu byōbu]
Folding screen depicting the San’nō festival as held at the shrine Hiyoshi Taisha (Ōtsu City, Shiga Prefecture). Hiyoshi Tais...more