Hello. How are you doing? Mitsue is writing this time. The days are getting shorter now, so I can often see beautiful sunset from train on the way back home. It is one of my pleasures these days. Other ones of this season are visiting museums, reading, playing and listening to music. Many exhibitions are held all over the country in autumn.
The 71st annual exhibition of Shoso-in Treasures was opened at Nara national museum for 20 days. Forty-one treasures have been selected for display from approximately 9,000 collections. Among these, four treasures are exhibited for the first time. This exhibition is designed to provide a general overview of the Shoso-in treasure, but in commemoration of the emperor’s Enthronement, this year it features some of the most celebrated and representative treasures of the collection. In addition to treasures, the collections can tell us a great deal about the origins and heritage of the Shoso-in. The Shoso-in is a storage of treasure that belongs to Todai-ji in Nara. The building is Azekura log-cabin style with raised floor. The treasures are from the age of Emperor Shomu (701–756), as well as arts and crafts from the Tempyo era (about 729-749) of Japanese history.
* Photo of museum with long queue and entrance of exhibition
I heard there will be long queues to enter at daytime, so I visited in the evening to avoid waiting. However, I was surprised to see the long queues! Actually they were for the cheaper admission fee to enter at late time. I didn’t want to wait, so I entered soon at regular fee. I was deeply impressed to see the treasures such as the 7 strings Zither with beautiful decoration, a mother-of-pearl Inlay box and the red sandalwood long-handled incense burner. They show the superb craftsmanship of the time.