Japanese Kamakura scultupure, Spring Lecture of Mary Griggs Burke Center

SPRING LECTURE SERIES: INVENTION AND REVIVAL: THE KEI SCHOOL AND KAMAKURA SCULPTURE, at the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Japanese Art <figure> <a data-elementor-open-lightbox=”default” href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/397px-Kofukuji_Hokuendo_Muchaku_Unkei_detail.jpg”> <img width=”397″ height=”599″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/397px-Kofukuji_Hokuendo_Muchaku_Unkei_detail.jpg” alt=”” srcset=”https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/397px-Kofukuji_Hokuendo_Muchaku_Unkei_detail.jpg?w=397&amp;ssl=1 397w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/397px-Kofukuji_Hokuendo_Muchaku_Unkei_detail.jpg?resize=199%2C300&amp;ssl=1 199w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/397px-Kofukuji_Hokuendo_Muchaku_Unkei_detail.jpg?resize=99%2C150&amp;ssl=1 99w” sizes=”(max-width: 397px) 100vw, 397px” /> </a> <figcaption>Mujaku bosatsu (Asanga), by Unkei, National Treasure; Kamakura period, ca. 1212. Kōfukuji, Nara.</figcaption> Read more about Japanese Kamakura scultupure, Spring Lecture of Mary Griggs Burke Center[…]

Buddhism temples in Nikko, around Koyasan, Iwami and Hiraizumi

Temples in Nikko, Kii Mountain Range, Iwami Ginzan, and Hiraizumi Certainly, these sightseeing spots would  less attract attention from the tourists comparing to Kyoto or Nara.   But you can enjoy the temples as well as the scenery surrounding them. The leaders in each period built temples in the capitals to protect the city and the Read more about Buddhism temples in Nikko, around Koyasan, Iwami and Hiraizumi[…]


Myoo(Vidyā-rāja) of Japanese Buddha statue

[su_label type=”info”]Buddha statue of Myoo(明王, Vidyā-rāja)[/su_label] Unlike other Buddha statue, Myoo express rage on the face. Because the gods follow the order of Dainichi-nyorai to make people who deny Buddhism submit and believe in. In addition to the expression, they have dynamic power with a roaring fire and various weapons. Sponsored Links   As the connection to Read more about Myoo(Vidyā-rāja) of Japanese Buddha statue[…]

Japanese culture in Nara Period. The Tenpyo Culture

Nara Period and the ancient capital, Heijo-kyo [su_label type=”black”]What is Nara Period[/su_label] In 710, the capital in Asuka Period was moved to Nara. It was the end of Asuka Period and the start of the completely different time. The new capital was named as Heijo-kyo(平城京). And the leaders at that time planned to imitate the regime of Read more about Japanese culture in Nara Period. The Tenpyo Culture[…]

Buddha statue

The physical features of Buddha

[su_label type=”info”]The way to discriminate a statue whether Buddha or not[/su_label]   There are some arguments when Buddha was born and dead. His birth is thought as from B.C. 7th to B.C. 5 and it is said he died at eighty. After his passing away, people had worshiped his bones, stupa(tomb), and footprints as a religious object Read more about The physical features of Buddha[…]

Bosatsu (Bodhisattva) of Japanese Buddha statue

[su_label type=”info”]Buddha statue of Bosatsu(Bodhisattva)[/su_label]   A Buddha statue of Bosatsu  represents a figure of Buddha when he sought enlightenment. In Sanskrit language, Bosatsu is called as “Bodhisattvaa“. Sponsored Links     “Bodhi” means enlightenment and “sattvaa” is who lives. He is in the stage of trainning to be Nyorai who achieves it. Because he had been a Read more about Bosatsu (Bodhisattva) of Japanese Buddha statue[…]

Buddhist temples in Nara. World Heritage

[su_label type=”info”]The town of ancient temples, Nara[/su_label] In the early history of Japan, Nara prefecture was the center of the politics, the culture and the economy in Yamato Period, Asuka Period and Nara Period. Japanese people just believed their animism, the origine of “Shinto”(神道) until Asuka Period.     It is said that Seong of Baekje, Read more about Buddhist temples in Nara. World Heritage[…]

The Great Buddha at Todaiji

Nyorai(Tathāgata) for Japanese Buddha statue

[su_label type=”info”]What is a Nyorai(Tathāgata)?[/su_label]   “Nyorai” (如来)is the figure of the Buddha(Shakyamuni), who achieved enlightenment. The statues represent the figure of him. When you want to distinguish whether a statue is Buddha’s figure or not, 32 distinct physical features and 80 fine one, “Sanjunisou-Hachijishukou“(三十二相八十種好) will help you. After the trainning, “Bosatsu”(菩薩) is finally able to be Read more about Nyorai(Tathāgata) for Japanese Buddha statue[…]

Horyuji temple. Nara World Heritage Site.

Asuka Period and it’s culture

What’s Asuka Period?   The term of ancient Asuka Period began in 592 and ended in 710. “Asuka” is the southern area of Nara Prefecture.         In this period, Buddhism was the most essencial things of the culture. With Buddha statue, the religion had  already came to Japan in the middle of 6th. And Read more about Asuka Period and it’s culture[…]

Japanese tradtional craft products

  [su_label type=”info”]Japanese Craft Products[/su_label]       [su_label type=”black”]Buddha statue(仏像)[/su_label]     Buddha statue means literally that the appearance of Buddha. But it comprises the whole of Buddhism sculptures and castings. Buddha statue has the four classes.   “The Nihon-shoki” said that Seong of Baekje presented Buddha statue and satras for Emperor Kimmei in 552. Read more about Japanese tradtional craft products[…]