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SHOSO-IN SPECIAL / Shoso-in: Treasure house of art and history

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Shoso-in repository

The Yomiuri ShimbunShoso-in was originally a repository of the Todaiji temple in Nara.

The history of its treasures began when items related to Emperor Shomu (701-756) were stored there. After the emperor died, his grieving widow Empress Komyo (701-760) dedicated hundreds of objects used by the emperor to the statue of the Great Buddha at the temple.

The Shoso-in collection includes about 9,000 items such as Empress Komyo’s favorite belongings, gifts from Imperial family members and aristocrats, Buddhist objects of the Todaiji temple and old documents and other items associated with Emperor Shomu.

Since the Meiji era, which began in 1868, the items have been managed by the central government as treasures of the Imperial Household.

Usually, only about 70 items of its collection are shown to the public each year during the annual Shoso-in exhibition.

68th Annual Exhibition of Shoso-in Treasures

From Oct. 22 to Nov. 7. Open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Until 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Nov. 3).

Admission: ¥1,100 for adults, ¥700 for high school and university students, and ¥400 for primary and middle school students. Prices are reduced by ¥100 for advance tickets on sale from Sept. 7 to Oct. 21, or for groups of 20 or more. Tickets purchased at the museum for admission within 90 minutes of closing are ¥800, ¥500 and ¥200, respectively. These late-entry tickets go on sale 2½ hours before closing.

From this year, an advance ticket for an adult visiting with a child of primary or middle school age costs ¥1,100.

Venue and Organizer: Nara National Museum in Nara

Supporters: Iwatani Corp., NTT West Corp., Canon Inc., Kyoto College of Arts and Crafts, Kintetsu Railway Co., Central Japan Railway Co., West Japan Railway Co., Daikin Industries, Ltd., Daiwa House Industry Co., Hakutsuru Sake Brewing Co. and Maruichi Steel Tube Ltd.

Special cooperation: The Yomiuri Shimbun

Cooperation: Yomiuri Telecasting Corp., Minerva Shobo Ltd. and others

The Nara National Museum is a 15-minute walk east from Kintetsu Nara Station. Alternatively, a local bus service is available from both Kintetsu Nara Station and JR Nara Station.

Visit www.yomiuri.co.jp/shosoin for more details in Japanese.Speech

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