Beauty of the Accession and Ceremony
Cultural Scroll Paintings of the Heian Dynasty

Jan 2(Wed)-15(Tue), 2019 10:00am-8:00pm
(Final day: 10:00am-5:00pm)

Beauty of the Accession and Ceremony

*This picture was taken last year.

The transition of formal attire from ancient to modern times

On display are formal attires worn for important national ceremonies from the Nara Period to modern times.

“Gotairei” and Ceremonial weapon worn during Gotairei

In Japan, the Emperor’s “Sokui no rei” (Enthronement) and “Daijosai” (Great Thanksgiving Festival) are considered to be events of paramount importance. The two ceremonies are jointly called “Gotairei.” Various paraphernalia used in the events are on Ceremonial weapon.

Model of the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Taisho

The “Shishinden” Hall and Southern Garden where Emperor Taisho’s enthronement ceremony was held have been recreated in by a scaled-down model. The event was held in line with an Imperial Family’s Act on the enthronement enacted in 1909 and was prepared as a ceremony of Imperial succession befitting modern times.

Banners used in the enthronement ceremony (real scale)

Full-sized banners used during the enthronement ceremony are on display. Although the banners had been used since ancient times to adorn the ceremony, they had followed the Chinese style. They were changed into designs unique to Japan when Emperor Meiji was enthroned and are in use to this day.

Display of attire worn during the “Gotairei”

The robes worn by the Emperor and crown prince during the “Gotairei” and attire of the ladies of the court who waited on tables among other tasks during the associated court rituals will be introduced.

Cultural Scroll Paintings of the Heian Dynasty

*This picture was taken last year.

Ox carriage used by the nobility Kamo Festival from the Chapter “Aoi” of “The Tale of Genji”

The episode of Kamo Festival from the Chapter “Aoi” of “The Tale of Genji” is recreated with a full-size model of an ox carriage that was used as vehicles by the Heian nobility.

Welcome to the world of “The Tale of Genji”
The elegant life of the nobility at the Spring Palace of “Rokujoin”

A 1:4 scale model of the Spring Palace of “Rokujoin”, the spacious mansion of “Hikaru Genji” where he lived with Lady Murasaki in “The Tale of Genji,” is on display. Experience the elegant dynastic culture of the Heian Period.

Interior arrangement in the Heian Period as stated in “Ruijuzoyosho”
Discovering the life of the nobility depicted in “The Tale of Genji”

“Ruijuzoyosho” is a document compiled in the late Heian Period that precisely classifies and illustrates the furnishings of the aristocrats’ residence for ceremonial purposes. The life of the nobility depicted in “Tale of Genji” has been recreated in full size based on the document.

“The Tale of Genji” and “waka” poetry

A total of 795 “waka” poems appear in “The Tale of Genji.”
Some of those written by Hikaru Genji are introduced along with the tradition of exchanging poems that appears frequently in “The Tale of Genji.”