Nara National Museum

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Nara National Museum

Nara National Museum

Nara National Museum, located in Nara Park, displays works of Japanese Buddhist art. Works include paintings, scrolls, statues, decorative arts, and other artifacts of Buddhism. Nara itself was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784, containing much of Japan's history with its extensive collection of artworks. The museum features Buddha statues and scrolls dating back to the 8th century. With Buddhism being the museum's focus, it is not surprising that many of the works reflect the temples and shrines of Nara. Nara National Museum also holds an annual exhibition featuring artifacts from Todaiji Temple. The museum also holds other temporary exhibitions. Besides displaying artifacts and artwork, Nara National Museum has several separate features. The Buddist Art Library is a public library with books, photographs, replicas, and other research materials on Buddhism. Hassoan, a Japanese tea ceremony house, is also part of the Nara National Museum. It is considered one of the Three Great Tea Houses of Nara. Hassoan was originally at the Kofuku-ji Temple but was moved to Nara National Museum through petitions by Nara's residents in hopes of preserving the tea house.


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