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Ryukoku University of Kyoto has announced a plan to open a comprehensive Buddhism museum in the spring of 2011 to showcase a wide range of Buddhist cultural assets from Japan and overseas.
The Ryukoku Museum, which will be the first of its kind in Japan, will have three stories and a basement, with a total floor space of about 4,400 sq- m. It will be constructed on the east side of Nishi-Honganji temple as part of a university project marking the 370th anniversary of its founding. The museum will introduce the history of Buddhism—its birth in India, its spread across Asia and its evolution in Japan—while also exhibiting national treasures and important cultural assets owned by the university.
Among the things to be displayed are a full-size reproduction of Buddhist murals of the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves in Turfan in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, a collection of items gathered by Otani expeditionary party members in Central Asia on three missions during 1902 – 1914, and the national treasure Ruijukoshu (literally meaning a collection of similar ancient literature) containing poems from Japan’s oldest poetry collection Manyoshu (Anthology of Myriad Leaves), edited according to themes.
For inquiries, please contact the Public Relations Office of Ryukoku University.
Phone: (+81) 075-645-7882.