Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku) is a gilded three-story reliquary hall erected by shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358-1408) in Kyoto. The wooden structure was destroyed by arson in 1950, but an exact reproduction of the original was completed in 1955
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The construction of Osaka Castle was started in 1583 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a warlord who later unified the country. After repeated destruction and reconstruction, the existing tower of castle was rebuilt in 1931.
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Old Man Noh Mask
Old Man (Okina) is one of Noh stories, played at the time of auspicious events in the hope of world peace, of world tranquility, and of a rich harvest. To symbolize this hope, the Noh mask symbolizes rich and plump lineaments.
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|Size||70mm x 51mm|
( Noh play )
Musicals featuring Japanese traditional songs and dances accompanied by a Japanese flute, a shoulder drum, a hip drum, and a stick drum. It reached the culmination during the Muromachi Period (1392-1573), with the contributions of two geniuses: Kanami and Zeami. Noh play represents human emotions in an extremely simplified manner. It was selected as a World Intangible Heritage by UNESCO in 2001.
Red Plum Tree
Red Plum Tree (Kobai zu) is the right panel of a twofold screen Red and White Plum Trees (Kohakubai zu) by Ogata Korin (1658-1716), one of the greatest painters/designers of the Edo period (1603-1868). This gorgeous screen is his masterpiece, and designated as a national treasure.
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|Size||64mm x 70mm|