Past Exhibitions

Autumn Special Exhibition 2016
Splendid Beauty of Japanese Mounting Articles

Japanese mounting articles, such as sliding doors, folding screens and partitions, have been essential furniture items since olden times in the large residences of aristocrats, temples and shrines in order to separate a room and to prevent things being shown to others. They were not only used as partitions in the room but were cherished as an important method to change the atmosphere of the room and adorn it with beautiful paintings depicting natural sceneries and auspicious motifs.

Recently, Byodoin Temple finished restoring a decorative partition which was made following the classical Ming Dynasty style in China. In the restoration process, it was revealed that a special lacquer technique called Ginsen (pigment using real silver) was employed for fringing the outline of the clouds. The costume of the philosopher is decorated with colored lacquer and fine carving patterns while the uneven surface of the large pine tree trunk is represented by a gorgeous mother-of-pearl inlay. The extraordinary craftsmanship in those days all come together on this partition.

Another highlight of this exhibition is that a large folding screen depicting the boundary area separating Rakuchu (central Kyoto) and Rakugai (out of Kyoto), stretching from the Uji and Fushimi region to the Higashiyama region, will be exhibited for the first time. This is such a valuable historical article since the wooden frames of the Kita-daimon Gate of Byodoin Temple which burnt down in a fire in 1698 is included.

Experience this splendid world adorned with a variety of Japanese mounting articles and feel the essence of classical Japanese architecture.


Exhibition period: October 22nd (Sat.), 2016 – January 9th (Mon., national holiday), 2017 *Open every day during the exhibition period.
Hours: 9:00-17:00 (Byodoin Museum Hoshokan)
Admission: Included in the admission fee for Byodoin Temple
Adults: 600 yen, Junior High and High School Students: 400 yen, Elementary School Students: 300 yen
Sponsored by: Byodoin Temple
Venue: Byodoin Museum Hoshokan (116 Uji Renge, Uji City, Kyoto)

  • Partition Color painting on wood board
    Ming Dynasty Period (1368-1644)
    Owned by Jodoin Temple (belong to Byodoin Temple)

Byodoin Temple Exhibition

Byodoin Temple has faithfully preserved a number of valuable cultural assets representing a wide range of Japanese cultural history dating from the Heian period (8-12th century) to the present day. Particularly noteworthy are the Hoo-do (Central Hall), a pair of Guilt Bronze Phoenix, the statue of a seated Amida Nyorai, 52 statues of wooden Unchu Kuyo Bosatsu (Buddhist Saints holding a mass in the clouds), all of which are designated as the National Treasures, as well as many Important Cultural Properties including the Kannon-do (Buddhist Temple) and wooden standing statue of the 11-Face Kannon. This exhibition features an array of valuable cultural properties, both designated and non-designated, preserved by Byodoin Temple during its long history. Such a wealth of properties represents true historical and cultural treasures not only for Byodoin Temple but also for the entire Uji region. Experience the charms and wonders of Uji that have been cherished and loved by people since ancient times.

  • Heian period, 11th century
    Jodoin, yodoin Temple
  • Heian period, 11th century
    Jodoin, Byodoin Temple
  • Muromachi period ~ Edo period
    Byodoin Temple

Summer 2015 Special Exhibition The Rakan, Buddhist Arhat Exhibition

Jodoin Temple is one of the sub-temples of Byodoin Temple. It was commissioned to be built in the late 15th century by a Jodo sect Buddhist monk, Eiku, who made a large contribution for restoring Byodoin Temple. In September, 2014, the restoration of Rakan-do Hall began in commemoration of the 500th memorial anniversary of Eiku. Rakan-do Hall was established in 1640 by the tea merchant, Dosai Hoshino and his sons. During the recent restoration work, special care to prevent the deterioration of the hall’s interior as well as restoring some of the color was undertaken. A number of Buddhist statues were also restored. This special exhibition features statues of Shaka Nyorai and Rakan (Arhat), and exhibits excellent colored works from the hall’s interior.

Exhibition period: August 7th (Friday), 2015 to September 30th (Wednesday), 2015
Open every day during the special exhibition period.
Venue: Byodoin Museum Hoshokan (116 Uji Renge, Uji-shi, Kyoto)
Hours: Opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m. (Hoshokan)
Admission: Included in the admission fee of Byodoin Temple
Adults: ¥600, Junior High or High School Students: ¥400, Elementary School Students: ¥300
Hosted by: Religious Corporation Byodoin

Special Exhibition

  • 「須弥壇彩色復元狛犬」

  • 「須弥壇彩色復元蓮池図」

  • 「須弥壇彩色復元獅子図」

  • 羅漢像展示





  • 羅漢像彩色







  • 堂内復元白描図

  • 堂内復元彩色



Feature Exhibition Spring 2015, “Protected by Tea!”

“Byodoin Kojin” protector of Byodoin for generations by residing in Uji since Byodoin was built in 1052 by Fujiwara no Yorimichi.These subordinates of the Fujiwara clan not only served for Byodoin but also became tea masters by emphasizing management of tea fields when tea was introduced to Uji.They grew to a position of rulers as the relationship with Ashikaga Shogunate became stronger and began to dominate the administration of Uji Village.In 1573, they were defeated by Nobunaga Oda at the Battle of Makishima Castle, and their dominance declined, however, they continued to support Uji and Byodoin openly and secretly while managing the tea fields.It was the contributions from monks living in Byodoin and tea masters who passed down the will of Kojin that supported the reconstruction of Byodoin during the Meiji Period, which fell into ruin as a result of Ishin (Revitalization Reform) and an anti-Buddhist movement, and passed down many cultural properties to the present.In this Exhibition, the records of activities of the tea masters are observed and for reassessment, not only the materials stored in Byodoin but also the materials related to tea masters, which had been passed down in the region, were uncovered.This Exhibition introduces the history of the tea masters who originated from Byodoin, which had not previously been told and also exhibits the paintings and artifacts which were created to protect and develop the tea culture of Uji all in one place.
Finally, we would like to express our sincere thanks to the owners of the properties who donated these precious pieces in support of the Exhibition.

  • "Painting of Uji Tealeaf Picking"
    Doshun Kano
    Edo Period、Owned by Byodoin
  • "Uji Kyuki Hamachidori (topography)"
    Written by Shusai Sanrei
    1697 [Copied in 1792]、Owned privately
  • "Episode of Chakuraisanjin Miyoshi"
    Written by Chakuraisanjin Miyoshi(Tokusaburo Miyoshi)
    Taisho Period、Owned privately
  • "Kabokushi (book about tea)"
    Written by Seisen Kanbayashi
    1837、Owned privately
  • "Scroll Painting of Old Stories of Tea"
    Painted by Seisen Kanbayashi
    1843、Owned privately
  • "Tea Tree Uji Doll"
    Seisen Kanbayashi, Rakunoken Kanbayashi, Rakuzan Okamura, Rakuho Katsura et al.
    Edo Period ~ Showa Period、Owned privately

Hoo-do (Phoenix Hall) Heisei Repair Completion Memorial Exhibition
‘Re-emergence of Heian Glory”

“National Treasure, Byodoin Hoo-do Heisei Repair,” which commenced on September 3, 2012 was completed on September 30, 2014.
Hoo-do was built in 1053, in pursuit of ultimate beauty representing the scenes of West Gokuraku-Jodo (nirvana).
Hoo-do comprised of a total of 4 structures of Chudo (Central Hall), Yokuro (Wing Corridors) and Biro (Tail Corridor) boasts architectural beauty like the palace of Amida Nyorai(Amitabha Tathagata), floating on a treasure pond of Paradise.
Even though the building is ornated and beautiful, many repairs have taken place over the years as a result of the structural load.
Japanese traditional buildings have been passed down to this day by conducting regular repairs and will be passed down to the next generation.

This Heisei Repair was a partial repair mainly of re-roofing and repainting of external paintings as damage to the roof tiles and peeling of external paint became significant as over 50 years passed since the previous Showa Repair.
The concept of the repair was to maintain the status quo, but some specifications and designs, etc., have been restored to the old forms, which have been proved through previous research and study.
In this Exhibition, we introduce the must-see spots of Hoo-do, which has been reborn to its closest form since the Heian Period and exhibit basic materials for the repair.

Demon’s Head Tile on Main Ridge of Hoo-do Chudo (first disclosure)

In connection with this, we will hold a Hoo-do Heisei Repair Completion Memorial Exhibition on the 1st Floor of Hoshokan.
Hoo-do, a gift from our ancestors, was repaired by artisans who have professional expertise and advanced skills and was reborn to the Period of Heisei.
We hope that you can feel the ambition of repair by the artisans who made their best efforts to preserve and pass down Hoo-do.

Period: From Saturday, September 27, 2014 to Thursday, March 26, 2015
Place: Byodoin Museum Hoshokan (116 Uji Renge, Uji-shi, Kyoto)
Hours: 9:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.
Fee: Admission fee to Byodoin is required
Host: Religious Corporation: Byodoin

“Present from the Past” ~ Poems, Calligraphy and Paintings of Beautiful Spots of Uji in the Meiji Period~

The Meiji Period represented the time when cultural properties fell into ruin due to Ishin (Revitalization Reform) and an anti-Buddhist movement in the face of rapid Westernization.
Therefore, in order to preserve cultural properties, the “Old Shrines and Temples Preservation Law” was enacted in 1897 and Hoo-do was designated as a “Special Preservation Building.”
With the support of the Law, major repair was conducted from 1902 to 1907, in order to actively preserve and pass down Hoo-do.
In order to pass down precious cultural properties, gifts from the past, appropriate regular repairs are necessary.
In 1895, in order to promote the attractiveness of Uji, “Poems, Calligraphy and Paintings of Beautiful Spots of Uji” were widely subscribed and scenic landscapes of Uji were painted and composed by many artists.
We sincerely hope that you can rediscover in this Exhibition the attractiveness of Uji as a beautiful spot and sustainability of culture together with the meaning of preservation, succession and utilization of culture.

Representative Works


  • “Uji River” by Bunko Yamada
  • “Tea Tree Doll” Bunrei Maekawa
  • “Minamoto no Yorimasa” Chikana Morizumi
  • Waka (Japanese poem), “View of Beautiful Spot” Yasuaya Wakisaka

Representative Artists

Bunko Yamada
1846 ~ 1902
Born in Kyoto. First, he learned painting under Shunen Izumi, a disciple of Ganku and later learned under Bunrin Shiokawa, a painter of the Shijo School. As a central painter of the Kyoto Painting Circle at the beginning of the Meiji Period, he was always selected for Expositions and played active roles in the Domestic Industry Promotion Exposition and Domestic painting competitive Exhibition. He received a gold medal at the Paris Exposition in 1889.
He taught painting at the Kyoto Painting School established in 1880 and became a Professor in 1889 and in establishment of the Kyoto Private Japanese Youth Painting Competitive Exhibition, he became a supporting member and taught a younger generation of painters. He was commonly known as Wahei, with the popular name of Heizaburo. His works are “Byodoin Yorinan Study Tea Room Fusuma Painting” “Kacho Mountain Raining Scene” “Painting of Harp, Shogi, Calligraphy and Painting” “Painting of Playing Harp under the Pine Tree,” etc.

Bunrei Maekawa
1837 ~ 1917
Born as a child of Gorei Maekawa, a Shijo School painter, disciple of Keibun Matsumura. He learned painting from his father and played a role as central painter of the Kyoto Painting Circle at the beginning of the Meiji Period by participating in Jounsha (art group) and Kyoto Art Association and taught at the Kyoto Painting School when it was established and was a judge of the Kyoto Private Japanese Youth Painting Competitive Exhibition.
He exhibited his works at the Domestic Painting Competitive Exhibition, Domestic Industry Promotion Exposition, Japan Painting Association, Nihon Bijutsuin Federation Painting Competitive Exhibition and Japan Nanga Association Exhibition.

Chikana Morizumi
1859 ~ 1925
A daughter of Tsurana Morizumi, an official painter of the Awa-Tokushima Domain. She learned painting at the Sumiyoshi School from her father. In 1879, she married Shinpei Iwano, but divorced in the following year. Thereafter, she moved to Osaka with her parents.
She painted samurai paintings with a masculine effect and also works depicting local toys collected as her hobby.She died at the age of 67. Real name is Tai.

Yasuaya Wakisaka
1840 ~ 1908
Feudal Lord, nobleman. Third son of Takayuki Todo, Lord of the Ise-Tsu Domain. He was adopted by Yasuori Wakisaka and the 10th Lord of the Wakisaka family of the Harima-Tatsuno Domain in 1862 and later became Viscount. Died at the age of 70. Popular name is Chinzaburo, Pen name is Yasumine.

Similar to the Byodoin Omotesando Art Works Subscription Exhibition, in 1895, he widely presented poems, calligraphy and paintings in order to promote the attractiveness of Uji.

Total of 244 works. There are many artists well-known even today.
Part of the works are exhibited (circulating works are scheduled)


Period: Saturday, January 18, 2014 ~ Friday, April 18, 2014, open throughout the period
Place: Byodoin Museum Hoshokan (116 Uji Renge, Uji-shi, Kyoto)
Hours: 9:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m. (Hoshokan)
Fee: Admission fee to Byodoin is required
(Special Fee during Repair Period: Adults ¥300, Junior High and High School Students ¥200, Elementary School Students ¥150)
(From April 1, 2014, ordinary fee: Adults ¥600, Junior High and High School Students ¥400, Elementary School Students ¥300)
Host: Religious Corporation Byodoin

Hoo-do Repair Special Exhibition ‘Meeting Buddha –Token of Creating Relationship-’

Period: Saturday September 28, 2013 ~ Friday, January 17, 2014

“Unchu Kuyo Bosatsu Statues (Buddhist Saints holding a mass in the clouds)” hung on the inside wall of Hoo-do were created in Jocho’s studio, similar to the Principal Image, Amida Nyorai Seated Statue and statues are sculpted in an elegant and relaxed manner with rich variation.
They were created for Jodo’s space to be watched from below and they are the only group statues hung on the wall from the Heian Period.

Byodoin has conducted a reproduction project of Unchu Kuyo Bosatsu Statues by a Buddhist sculptor, Kiyoshi Murakami since 2004.
They are copied by the same material, conversion of timber and techniques as the original Statues to the extent possible and carved by the skill and sense of the Buddhist sculptor.
Therefore, they are not mere reproductions but an existence that reflects on the dignified figure of Buddha.

This exhibition introduces the secret of unique structural beauty and rich expression with which there is no comparison other than Unchu Kuyo Bosatsu Statues, which was ascertained through reproduction.

Create relationships with Bosatsu situated in Hoo-do!
This exhibition provides special opportunities to touch the reproduced statues of Unchu Kuyo Bosatsu Statues.
Touching Buddha statues is a very dignified act to create relationships with Buddha (kechien). The reproduced statues with which visitors created relationships will be placed in Hoo-do after the end of the exhibition and will watch prayers for hundreds and thousands years in the future.
Evidence of relationship creation puts a footprint on the page of history of Byodoin and the person who created relationships with Buddha will be remembered as a witness in the future.

Statues with which you can create relationships are the followings
[North No. 25] September 28, 2013 ~ November 29, 2013
[South No. 10] November 30, 2013 ~ January 17, 2014